Wake County

Raccoon killed in Fuquay-Varina was rabid; dogs being held

A raccoon killed by dogs in Fuquay-Varina on Tuesday had rabies, and the dogs' vaccinations were out of date, and they are being held by Wake County Animal Services, the county said Thursday.

The raccoon was found at the intersection of U.S. 401 and Air Park Road, officials said.

No people had come in contact with the raccoon, they said. Because the dogs were not up to date on their rabies shots, however, agents took them.

When pets’ do not have current rabies vaccinations, the owners can pay to have them kept in quarantine for six months to be sure they do not develop rabies, officials said.

If the owners cannot or decide not to shoulder that expense, the dogs will be put down, a county spokeswoman said.

The county holds clinics for animals to get rabies shots, and owners can have that done for $5, she noted.