Third rabid raccoon identified near Harlem

A raccoon killed by dogs near Harlem last week was confirmed Wednesday as Columbia County’s third rabies case this year.

Two dogs killed a raccoon Friday near Macks Road. The animal was sent to health authorities for testing.

It marks the third time this year that dogs came in contact with a raccoon later found to be rabid, and all three cases occurred near Harlem, said Pam Tucker, the director of the county’s Emergency and Operations Division.

The dogs in the first two incidents did not have up-to-date vaccinations and were euthanized.

“The good news is that both of the dogs involved in this current case were current on their rabies vaccinations,” Tucker said. “The dogs will receive a rabies booster shot and be under a 45-day quarantine.”

Columbia County public health officials are advising residents to make sure their animals are vaccinated against rabies.

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