Rabid Raccoon Fights With Two Cats

There's a pet health alert in Jacksonville after authorities find a rabid raccoon in Jacksonville.

The county health department says the raccoon came in contact with two cats Thursday off East Bayshore Boulevard.

"The raccoon had fought with two pet cats," said Onslow County Health Director George O'Daniel. "There was no known human exposure."

One cat, which was up-to-date of its rabies vaccination, was given a booster shot and is being treated for it's injuries. The other cat has to be quarantined for six months because it did not have a rabies shot.

The Health Department urges residents to get their pets vaccinated and to keep their children away from stray or wild animals.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    It amazes me that the owners can afford 6 months quarantine, but could not afford the time and money to make sure it was up to date on its rabies shot. Would not think that quarantine at vet or shelter would be cheap.
  • by To Alpha Female Location: NC on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:06 PM
    I'm assuming you have never coon hunted before. I assure you that those 2 cats didn't stand a chance!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 27, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    LOL@ those two cats... they put the smack down on that raccoon. Congrats on your win! I'm sure your humans are proud... my lazy cats won't even play fight.

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