Rabid raccoon attacks stray dog in Richmond County

A dog was attacked by a rabid raccoon in Richmond County.

The dog, which was apparently a stray, was attacked by a raccoon in the Apple Valley subdivision on Sept. 27, said Randy Wishard, environmental health county manager for Richmond County Health Department. The raccoon, which was already dead when authorities arrived, was sent for testing and was found to be positive for rabies late Thursday, Wishard said.

The dog was being held at a shelter but was to be euthanized because there was no way to know if it had a current rabies vaccination, he said.

“But there was no human contact, which is good,” Wishard said. He said people should avoid contact with wild animals but report such contact to the health department at (706) 667-4234.

Contact between wild animals and pets should be reported to Richmond County Animal Control at (706) 790-6836, he said.