Test confirms raccoon that attacked Harlem dog was rabid

Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:39 PM
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Columbia County authorities are reminding residents to be sure pets have current vaccinations after a rabid raccoon attacked a dog in Harlem.

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The July 13 attack occurred near Gay Road and test results returned this week confirmed the animal had rabies, said Pam Tucker, director of the county’s Emergency & Operations Division.

It is the second confirmed rabies case in the county this year.

The first incident, also near Harlem, occurred in April and also involved a rabid raccoon attacking a dog.

In both cases, the dogs involved did not have current vaccinations – and both had to be euthanized.

Health officials have tested 14 suspicious animals so far this year, but only two yielded positive results for rabies.

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Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/18/13 - 07:32 pm
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A raccoon seems the cute

A raccoon seems the cute adorable animal from Disney movies but I've seen one rip two dogs to pieces when cornered.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/18/13 - 11:49 pm
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You bet Bizkit

I grew up in a small middle Ga county (pop 18000) and town where coon hunting was a popular pastime for some. My neighbor had a pack of coon hounds, and a case full of trophys from field trials with his dogs, and I had the opportunity as a young teen to both hunt with them and attend trials.
In the water, a raccoon will drown a coon dog in a heartbeat. On land, as you say, they can rip up dogs that have them cornered. Bad little buggers they are.

Back to the story; curse these blankety blank people who don't have their dogs vaccinated. Two animals had to be destroyed because their no count, sorry, dadgum owners wouldn't spend a few dollars to protect them. People like that don't deserve to have pets.

Yes, I'm talking to YOU if you don't take care of your pets, and I don't give a hoot if it ruffles your feathers.

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LillyfromtheMills 07/19/13 - 07:29 am
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Owners of those dogs that had to be put down

Should face a heavy fine - we are all in danger when our pets are not protected with their shots.

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soapy_725 07/19/13 - 08:51 am
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Nothing like an all night coon hunt. Jerry Glover was famous (-
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Nothing like an all night coon hunt. Jerry Glover was famous (-

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soapy_725 07/19/13 - 08:54 am
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Knock him out John. Whoooa this thing is killin me. Shoot
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Knock him out John. Whoooa this thing is killin me. Shoot

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/13 - 10:36 pm
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Raccoons and possums, both

Raccoons and possums, both terrible, nasty, vicious creatures

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