Rabid Raccoon Found In Carteret County

The first confirmed rabid animal of the year has been found in Carteret County.

The health department says a homeowner on Highway 24 in Newport shot a raccoon Sunday night after it was staggering and howling its way into his garage.

Fortunately the homeowner did not have any direct contact with the raccoon's saliva, and won't require any treatment. The owners two pets, while not up to date on their rabies shots, did not have any contact with the rabid animal either.

The health department reminds pet owners that February will be a good month for them to update their pet rabies shots, with many veterinarians offering discounts on rabies shots.


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  • by Monique Location: Highway 24 on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:28 PM
    where on highway 24 was the racoon found??
  • by Dar on Feb 3, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    send him to D.C. to the white house
  • by Radog Location: Newport on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    The talibans new recruites Rabid Raccoon they keep getting dumber and dumber
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    There was no exposure to human or unvaccinated animals, why were tax payer dollar spent on having the raccoon tested? It is not cheap to have this test done.
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Feb 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Was his name Rocky?
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