A rabid raccoon was killed by two dogs in Apex on Monday, according to Wake County officials.
A resident who was walking the dogs on U.S. 64 West between Davis Drive and Fern Valley encountered the aggressive raccoon.
The dogs were up to date on their rabies vaccinations, the county said. One of the dogs scratched the resident, who is now undergoing rabies treatment.
The chances of encountering a rabid animal increase as summer temperatures continue to rise.
Wake County advises residents to never handle wildlife or stray animals and are instead encouraged to call Animal Control at 919-856-6911.