Rabid raccoon attacks stray dog in Richmond County

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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.

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TrulyWorried 10/05/13 - 02:45 pm
Rabid racoon

Which means - heads up to all animal lovers who have dogs or cats, keep your pets safe - don't let them roam - have them vaccinated so they CAN be saved if the unfortunate should occur. All too many animals have been put out as they became a 'nuisance' and shame on those that chose that path. What goes around comes around, in some way. There are plenty of places where someone can take the poor creature - but it does take time and a little effort. Best advice of all DON'T get a pet if you don't intend to take care of it for the rest of its life! You'll be better off in the long run and the cute little pet that grows up to be not wanted will certainly be.

itsanotherday1 10/05/13 - 08:12 pm
Good words TrulyWorried.

Good words TrulyWorried.

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