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January 23
Wake Issues Rabies Notice for North Raleigh Residents

Wake County would like to inform people who live in the vicinity of Ray Road and Charterhouse Drive in Raleigh that rabies was confirmed in a raccoon on Friday, January 23, 2015. A deceased raccoon was found in a residential yard and was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing. No people or animals were exposed.

"We don't want to alarm residents in North 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 North Raleigh area. Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-212-7387 (PETS).

Wake County 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).

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