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Rabid raccoon fights dog under Far West End porch

Rabid raccoon fights dog under Far West End porch
Posted at 9:59 AM, Jul 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-29 09:59:52-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A family’s dog was put on home quarantine after the pet was attacked by a rabid raccoon outside a home on Crowncrest Drive, off Pump Road, in Henrico’s Far West End. Henrico Animal Control was called to the home Monday afternoon after someone reported the fighting animals.

“When officers arrived they discovered a dog and a raccoon actively fighting beneath the back porch of the dog owner’s residence. Officers were able to get the raccoon off of the dog,” Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Eley said. “The raccoon was submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing.”

The positive rabies test results came back Wednesday.

“The dog involved in the incident had a current rabies vaccination and will be quarantined at its owner’s home. There were no further reports of any additional human or animal exposures,” Lt. Eley said.

There have been eight positive rabies case in Henrico this year. Please urged residents to report abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center at (804) 501-5000.