Two dogs have been placed under a six month quarantine after being bitten by an aggressive raccoon in the Cedar Point area of Carteret County. There was also a report of a raccoon entering a commercial building and chasing workers.
A rabid raccoon, believed to have been the one involved, was captured by animal control employees Wednesday evening.
The health department says because of the severity of the bites, and the dogs' vaccination history, the pets will need to stay away from everyone, except their owners, for six months.
"Although we are not absolutely certain that the same raccoon was responsible for each of these incidents, we are quarantining the pets for the protection of the families involved, and for the community at large," says Health Director Dr. J. T. Garrett.
Since this is the second case of rabies this month in Cedar Point, a low-cost rabies vaccine clinic will be offered in that area next week.