Anyone Bitten or Scratched by Unknown Animals Should Call Animal Control
Wake County would like to inform people who live in the vicinity of Stephenson Road and Sunset Lake Road in Apex that rabies was confirmed in a raccoon Friday, October 11, 2013. Wake County Animal Control responded to the case, and the raccoon was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing. A dog attacked and killed the raccoon.
"We don't want to alarm residents in Apex, 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.
In this case the dog was not vaccinated for rabies. State law requires potentially rabid pets to be destroyed unless owners agree to support a six-month quarantine.
"All pets are required by law to receive the rabies vaccination," said Wake Animal Services Director Dr. Jennifer Federico. "Many people believe that inside pets do not need to be vaccinated for rabies, and that is not the case. Vaccinating your pets is critical in helping prevent the spread of disease."
Animal Control officers are concerned about possible exposure of unvaccinated animals, particularly pets, in the Apex area. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County 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:
The next rabies vaccination and microchip clinic is on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Wake Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina. Details can be found on the Wake County Animal Center website. During this clinic rabies vaccines will be available for $5, and microchips will be available for $10.View more information about rabies.
- In Wake County (except Cary, Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh), call 919-212-PETS (7387).
- In Cary, call 919-319-4517.
- In Garner, call 919-772-8896.
- In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111.
- In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.