Anyone Bitten or Scratched by Unknown Animals Should Call Raleigh Animal Control
Wake County would like to inform people who live in the vicinity of Beehnon Way and Tryon Pines Drive in Raleigh that rabies was confirmed in a raccoon on Monday, September 23, 2013. Raleigh Animal Control responded to the case, and the raccoon was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing.
"We don't want to alarm residents in Raleigh, but they should be aware of these cases and of the potential for exposure to themselves, family members and their pets," said Sue Lynn Ledford, Community Health director for Wake County. "Do not approach an animal that you don't know."
Animal Control officers are concerned about possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, particularly pets, in the Raleigh area. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Raleigh Animal Control. Animal Control officials urge the following:
- Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
- Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
- Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
- Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
- If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
- If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.
To report animal complaints and stray animals:
- In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.
- In Cary, call 919-319-4517.
- In Garner, call 919-772-8896.
- In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111.
- In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387).
The next rabies vaccination and microchip clinic is on Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon, at North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, 1100 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. During this clinic rabies vaccines will be available for $5, and microchips will be available for $10. Details can be found on the Wake County Animal Center website.