HENDERSON — Vance County Animal Services reported that a raccoon found acting strangely in a neighborhood near Kerr Lake has tested positive for rabies.
Fortunately, the animal had no human contact nor any real contact with pets, though the man who reported it is having a couple of his cats get rabies booster vaccinations, Animal Services Chief Frankie Nobles said.
The raccoon was found on the 300 block of Regional Water Lane, off the road that leads to the Kerr Lake Regional Water System’s treatment plant.
A number of homes are also on that road, and the raccoon on Friday, Feb. 5, was “laying on a cat’s bed,” Noble said. The man who reported it “saw him and tracked him.”
The raccoon “was staggering,” and the man “felt really concerned and called us,” Nobles said.
Animal Services on Monday sent a sample off for testing, and the result came back positive. The delay was “because of the weekend,” Nobles said.
The man elected to have his cats get booster shots even though he “doesn’t think they had any exposures” to the raccoon,” Nobles said, adding that “he is being safe in going” that route.
Nobles added that the Vance County Animal Shelter has rabies vaccines available for dogs and cats. A shot is $5.
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