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Raleigh police: Rabid raccoon had contact with dog

Posted January 28, 2016 3:08 p.m. EST

Raleigh police said Thursday that a rabid raccoon came in contact with a dog last week in the 3400 block of Alamance Drive.

Animal control officers responding to the area found the raccoon, and it subsequently tested positive for rabies.

Officials said the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination, and the owner was advised to have the dog get a booster.

The raccoon did not have any contact with humans, police said.

Anyone who sees an animal acting unusually should call 919-831-6311.

Wake County health officials say the following tips can help minimize rabies risks:

• Residents should not approach animals that they do not know
• Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines
• Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs
• Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid
• If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight
• If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately