Henrico dog quarantined after fight with rabid raccoon

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 16:16:57-04

HENRICO, Va. — Henrico Police announced the second positive rabies case, both within one week of each other. On Monday, March 9, Henrico Animal Protection Police picked up the remains of a raccoon that had been fighting with a dog. The incident occurred in the 8300 block of Bradbury Road, in East Henrico.

Police said that the rabies test came back positive.  There were no additional human or animal exposures reported.

The involved dog will receive a rabies booster and be quarantined at its residence. The second incident happened about 20 miles away from the one in Lakeside, at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

The raccoon in the first confirmed case attacked a 75-year-old woman walking along in the gardens. Cass Overton used her fast reflexes to grab the raccoon, put her knee down on its throat, and choke it until it stopped breathing.

Henrico Police Animal Protection reminds everyone to be sure to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community. Please report abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center at (804) 501-5000.