Rabid raccoon attacks Harlem dog

Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:33 PM
Last updated 8:46 PM
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 Columbia County health officials are warning residents to make sure their animals are vaccinated after a rabid raccoon attacked a dog.

The attack occurred this past weekend in a rural area of Harlem off Old Blythe Road, when a homeowner saw the raccoon bite his dog on the mouth, said Andrea Frazier, an environmental health specialist for the Columbia County Health Department.

The homeowner shot and killed the raccoon, and took it and his dog to a McDuffie County veterinarian, Frazier said. After the raccoon tested positive for rabies, the dog was euthanized because it had not been vaccinated, she said.

“We just wanted to get the word out that there was a rabid raccoon,” she said. “People need to be diligent to make sure they get their own pets vaccinated, and keep wild animals away from their pets and their pets’ feeding dishes because rabies is transmitted through saliva.”

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itsanotherday1 04/26/13 - 10:12 am

“People need to be diligent to make sure they get their own pets vaccinated,"

Some people think that just because they have house dogs, they don't need vaccinating. Just last summer I had to trap a marauding raccoon on my back deck. Our two little Italian Greyhounds live in the house but of course, potty in the back yard, which is fenced in. Had this raccoon been rabid, he could have easily attacked one of them.

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