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Henrico County confirms sixth rabies case of 2020

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 11:39:39-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico County officials confirmed the sixth positive rabies case of 2020.

On November 7, Henrico Police Animal Protection responded to the 1900 block of Greenhurst Drive in the Three Chopt District for a call on three dogs fighting a raccoon.

"Three dogs were fighting a raccoon that had come onto the property," police said. "The dog's owner was able to drive the raccoon out of the yard, but only after it had fought extensively with the owner's dogs. Officers were able to locate the raccoon nearby.

The raccoon tested positive for rabies after being submitted to the State Lab for testing.

The dogs involved in the incident will be quarantined on the owner's property. There was no additional animal, or human exposures reported, according to police.

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. Report abnormal wildlife behavior and any possible rabies exposures to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center (804) 501-5000.