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Raccoongrass leaves Hillsborough County woman in need of stitches, rabies treatment



TAMPA, Fla. – One woman said she was attacked by a raccoon on Tuesday after exposing her friend's dog in a gazebo.

Gabrielle Luig said the raccoon attacked her three times.

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"It was the most unbearable pain, I grabbed it and I just threw it, it came right back and attacked another part of my leg," said Gabrielle Luig.

Luig said she had gone to her friend's home on Red Cliff Drive in the Eastbrook subdivision in Tampa to let the dog out. She saw the raccoon by the pool in the porch. She said that it came to her and sniffed her.

"He's not foaming on his mouth, he was not acting weird," said Luig.

She said she was quiet and then she attacked her without warning. [1

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"I screamed at the top of my neck, I was embarrassed, but there was no neighbor to hear me, I think," said Luig.

She said she picked up the dog and escaped

"I threw it in. The raccoon showed up and threw himself against the glass door to get in. He would not stop," Luig said.

She was bitten 15 times and had to be sewn after the attack

Officials from the Hillsborough County Health Department said Luig should have hidden the animal in the porch. The raccoon was not caught, and it is now too late to determine which raccoon bit her.

Health officials said it was a rabid raccoon, but the only way to test a raccoon for rabies allows a lab to examine its brain tissue

"Now that I think about it, yes, I'd have it The Ministry of Health got it, but after the attack there was no rational thinking, "Luig said.

Luig is worried about the neighbors and small children.

"I think the raccoon is quite capable of coming to every child, every dog ​​and attacking it with absolutely no warning," said Luig.

Luig already had more than a dozen shots. She will continue to treat rabies in the coming weeks.


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