A raccoon killed in a fight with two dogs in West Raleigh on Sunday has tested positive for rabies, police said Tuesday.
Both dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations and will receive booster shots, said police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.
The incident took place Sunday in the 2800 block of Glen Burnie Drive off Wycliff Road, where a police animal control officer arrived following reports of a raccoon that died after the dogfight, Hourigan reported.
The officer took the raccoon’s remains to a state lab, where tests confirmed it had been rabid.
Wake County health officials offer the following tips to minimize rabies risks:
▪ Do not approach animals you do not know.
▪ Make sure pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended.
▪ Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
▪ Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
▪ If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
▪ If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Police ask residents to contact the department at 919-831-6311 if they observe aggressive behavior or have other concerns about animals in the city.