Dog euthenized after bitten by rabid raccoon

July 17, 2013

The Yadkin County Human Services office said that on Tuesday, July 9 a rabid raccoon bit a large adult male dog.

“The raccoon has since tested positive for rabies,” said spokesperson Jessica Wall.

After several days of quarantine and with no owner being located or stepping forward to claim the dog, the dog was euthenized by the county, officials say.

The dog was a “boxer type” with a bobtail. The dog was approximately 50-60 pounds, dark brown in color with a white chest and four white paws and black snout.

The dog was running without identification.

The dog was taken into custody by Yadkin County Animal Control on Thursday, July 11. The dog was captured around U.S. Highway 21, just south of Arnold Road in Hamptonville.

Wall said that anyone who has come in contact with this animal contact Amanda Welborn, Yadkin County Medical Clinic Communicable Disease nurse at 336-679-4203.

In order to prevent the spread of rabies from animals to humans, department officials ask the public to practice the following precautions when dealing with wildlife and unknown animals:

-Do not leave pet foods outdoors. Be careful when leaving any food outside such as pet food, scraps, livestock, or others.

-Keep dogs, cats and ferrets and livestock currently vaccinated against rabies. Dogs, cats and ferrets should receive a rabies vaccine by the age of 4 months/16 weeks. After an initial vaccine, the animal will need a booster in one year, then every three years for the remainder of the pet’s life. For information regarding rabies vaccine locations, please contact the Yadkin County Animal Control.

-Supervise pets while they are outside. A fenced yard is the best protection.

-Do not approach, feed or handle wildlife; leave orphan wildlife alone.

-If you see a wild animal or stray pet around your home that appears sick or unusual, or if you find a bat inside your home, call your Yadkin County Animal Control at 336-677-2500.

-If wildlife are damaging your property or are a threat to your health, call a wildlife damage control agent (WDCA) for safe removal (visit www.ncwildlife.org/Trapping/WildlifeDamageControlAgent.aspx).

-Do not attract wildlife to your yard and do not feed wildlife.

-Remember that bird feeders will attract squirrels, foxes and other mammals.

-Secure garbage, and remember that composting also attracts wildlife.

-Keep yard mowed, shrubs trimmed, and clear fallen trees and debris from your yard.

-Repair holes in siding and screens, and place caps on chimneys and screens on attic vents to prevent wildlife such as raccoons and bats from entering.

-Be aware that any new construction on your home may allow wildlife to get in.

-If you are a person who regularly works with or around animals that may be exposed to rabies, consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (pre-exposure rabies vaccination).

-If you are bitten by a possibly rabid animal or get its saliva on an open, fresh scratch or wound (or on your mucous membranes), immediately wash the wound or exposed area for 15 minutes with soap and clean, running water and seek prompt medical attention to determine if post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) (rabies vaccination after exposure) is needed to prevent development of the disease. Call Animal Control to capture the animal, if possible, so it can be evaluated for rabies.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmail.com