BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A 14-year-old lab will be “humanely euthanized” after being attacked by a rabid raccoon off of Stone Chimney Road recently.
The raccoon attacked the dog in the Supply area on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Health Department. The raccoon was reportedly shot by the dog’s owner and sent to the state lab for testing.
The results came back positive on Thursday, the news release stated.
The dog was not current on its rabies vaccination and the owner was given the option of having his dog quarantined for six months at his expense. If the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, it would have just need a booster vaccination.
The Brunswick County Health Department supplied the following precautions to avoid exposure to rabies:
- Make sure all pets (cats and dogs) have been vaccinated and keep the vaccinations current.
- Do not harbor or feed stray dogs and cats. This provides a possible means of transmission of the rabies virus from wildlife (raccoons and foxes, etc.) to human beings.
- Reports and seek treatment for all animal bites (legally required).
For more information, call 910-754-8204.
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