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November 09
Wake Issues Rabies Notice for Residents in Rolesville

Wake County would like to inform people who live in the vicinity of South Main Street and Burlington Mills Road in Rolesville that rabies was confirmed in a fox Friday, November 6, 2015. Wake County Animal Control responded to the case, and the fox was taken to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing.

The animal was killed by a Rolesville police officer while responding to a call from a resident in the neighborhood about an aggressive fox. Based on interviews from witnesses, there were no known human or domestic animal exposures to the rabid animal.

"It is important that residents in Rolesville are informed of cases like these because there is potential for exposure," 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 Rolesville 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:

  • Do not approach animals that you do not know.
  • Ensure your 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 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; and
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.

The next rabies vaccination clinic is Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, 2010 N. Salem St., Apex. View details here. During this clinic rabies vaccines will be available for $5.

View more information on rabies.





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