3 dogs come in contact with rabid raccoon in Southwest Raleigh

Wake County News
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A raccoon that came in contact with three dogs in Southwest Raleigh over the weekend has tested positive for rabies, police said. 

On Saturday, police were called to the 2100 block of Leadenhall Way after a raccoon was seen acting “abnormally.” 

Leadenhall Way is located in a neighborhood near the intersection of Tyron and Lake Wheeler roads. 

Three dogs came in contact with the raccoon – all of the dogs’ vaccinations were current.

As always, observations of unusual behavior or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling 919-831-6311.

Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:

  • Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
  • Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines. 
  • 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.

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