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A rabid raccoon attacked a dog in the Ratcliffe Cove area of Haywood County on Saturday, August 16, making this the third confirmed case of rabies since May.


The attack occurred when a man was walking his dogs and one of them went after the raccoon as it attempted to cross the road, according to a report filed by Haywood County Animal Control. The raccoon bit the dog on the neck and the other dog attacked the raccoon, grabbing it around the neck. The owner of the dogs killed the raccoon with a shovel.


Both dogs had current rabies vaccines and are doing fine, said Steven Gordy, field training and safety officer for Animal Control. They were both given booster shots as an added precaution. The raccoon was taken in for testing and the results came back positive on August 19.


A special rabies clinic will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, August 25 at Ratcliffe Baptist Church, for pet owners to get their pets vaccinated or get booster shots. According to North Carolina law, in order for a rabies vaccine to be current, all dogs and cats four months old and older must be vaccinated against rabies. North Carolina courts have ruled that to be in compliance with the law, the rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The cost per vaccine is $6.50.

 

For more information on rabies in Haywood County, please contact Animal Control at 456-5338 or the county Health Department at 452-6675. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies/, or from the federal Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ .

 

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Coordinator
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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