Third raccoon tests positive for rabies in Duplin County

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) After a third raccoon tested positive for rabies in Duplin County in the past two weeks, animal control says they're on high alert to protect local pets and people.

The latest incident happened off Highway 50 in Chinquapin. Animal control officers say the rabid raccoon was discovered Monday by DOT workers in a ditch.

Animal control says even if your dog has their updated rabies vaccine, if they've been exposed to a rabid animal, they'll need a booster shot.

If you've been exposed you'll be administered a total of four vaccines.

Duplin County Animal Services says because this is the highest number of rabid animals they've seen in some time, they're holding a $5.00 rabies clinic this Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Chinquapin Parks and Recreation.