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Dog injured fighting rabid raccoon in Henrico

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Posted at 5:53 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-04 18:44:51-04

HENRICO, Va. — On Friday July 31, at approximately 9 a.m., Henrico Police Animal Protection received a call for service for a dog fighting a raccoon in the first block of A. P. Hill Avenue, in Highland Springs.

When officers arrived they determined a raccoon had fought with the homeowner’s dog leaving the canine injured.

The raccoon was submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services for rabies testing.

On Tuesday, August 3, 2015, positive test results were received.  There were no further reports of any additional human or animal exposures, police said.

This is the ninth confirmed positive rabies case in Henrico County this year, according to officials. There were 11 last year.

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.