Dog Kills Rabid Raccoon

There's been another rabid raccoon found in Carteret County, the latest in Morehead City.

The Carteret County Health Department says the raccoon was killed last Friday by a dog. Its owner then called authorities who tested the raccoon and found it had rabies.

Fortunately, the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccine and the health department says it received a rabies booster right away.

It's the second case of confirmed rabies this year in Carteret County. Early last month a Newport homeowner shot a raccoon after it was staggering and howling its way into his garage.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 at 02:09 PM
    If the public does not know that there is rabies out there, someone, somewhere is not doing their job. There is rabies in the wildlife population, test or no test, it is out there, it is not going away. For every one that test positive, there are many, many more that just die in the wild. This dog had a current vaccination. There is no mention of any human exposure. Any animal exposed to a raccoon, that has a current rabies vaccination, get the animal boosted, the chances are the raccoon is rabid. If there is human exposure or unvaccinated domestic animal exposure, test. But in the case of unvaccinated dog or cat, which is required by law, make the pet owner pay for the test.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:27 PM
    Anon, this should be obvious but... the reason they test is because rabies cases need to be tracked to make sure there isn't an outbreak occurring in the wildlife population that could then spread and infect humans and their pets. Unless we're adding a standard rabies vaccination for the human population, I'd be concerned about it too.
  • by Huh? on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    To anonymous, have you ever heard "better safe than sorry?" If the raccoon was rabid the public needed to know that there could be more rabies in the area. Duh!
  • by nc native Location: MHC on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    what area of MHC was this racon in?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    If the dog had a current rabies vaccination, WHY did they spend the money to have the raccoon tested? It cost a lot to have the raccoons tested, if there is no exposure to humans and the animal has a current rabies shot have the animal boosted and stop wasting tax payer dollars.

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