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July 26
Rabid Fox Found in Fuquay-Varina

Wake County Animal Control is working to verify whether a rabid fox found in Fuquay-Varina over the weekend had contact with humans or other animals.

Animal Control was called to respond to a dead fox between North Main and East Broad streets on Friday, July 22. The fox tested positive for rabies on Saturday, July 23.

The probability of encountering animals that can transmit rabies increases during the summer. Wake County encourages pet owners to protect their pets by making sure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

"All pets are required by law to receive the rabies vaccination," said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of Wake County Animal Services. "The Wake County Animal Center makes protecting your pets easy by holding rabies clinics throughout the year, providing these essential vaccines for only $5."

Additional information, including a complete list of upcoming clinics, can be found on the Animal Center website.

Preventing rabies and keeping pets safe goes beyond vaccination. While enjoying time outdoors, owners should make sure their pets are safe from wild animals. Keep pets within a fenced-in area, or make sure that they are on a leash when outdoors in an open area such as a park or hiking trail.

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.

Visit our rabies pages for more information.





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