The owner of six dogs has handed them over to an animal control agency in Cumberland County, North Carolina, for euthanasia after they encountered a rabid raccoon. As reported by CBS 17 News, the encounter took place on Monday in Hope Mills.
A news release from the Cumberland County Department of Animal Control indicates that officers were called to investigate after reports of dogs attacking a raccoon. At the scene, the body of a deceased raccoon was found and subsequently sent to a State Public Health Lab in Raleigh for testing. As reported by ABC 11 News, the results confirmed that the raccoon had the deadly rabies virus.
The person who owns the six dogs told officials that the dogs had never been vaccinated against rabies and opted not to pay for a lengthy period of quarantine. “By state law, these dogs will have to be euthanized or quarantined at a veterinary hospital for four months, which costs thousands of dollars,” Animal Control Director Elaine Smith said. “The consequences of exposure to rabies are extremely serious. People need to take rabies seriously and get their pets vaccinated and make sure the vaccinations are up to date.”
Rabies has been confirmed in this area twice since May. Pet owners who want to ensure that their companions are safe can visit the Public Health Center, 1235 Ramsey St. on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccinations will cost $10 per dog and cat.
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