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Six Fayetteville dogs to be euthanized after a rabid raccoon attack



FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Six dogs are euthanized after an attack by a raccoon tested for rabies in Cumberland County.

On Monday, September 9, Animal Control received a phone call to investigate a six-dog attack and a raccoon. Animal control officials found the dead raccoon and sent it to the State Public Health Lab in Raleigh to investigate rabies.

On Tuesday afternoon, the State Public Health Lab confirmed that a raccoon was found on the 5000 block of Parkton Road on NC Highway 59. Hope Mills had received a positive rabies report.

The owner of the six dogs said they had never been vaccinated against rabies and gave all six dogs for euthanasia.

"Under state law, these dogs must be killed or quarantined for four months in an animal clinic, which costs thousands of dollars," said Animal Control Director Elaine Smith. "The consequences of exposure to rabies are extremely serious, people need to take rabies seriously and get their pets vaccinated and make sure the vaccines are up-to-date." to Cumberland County Animal Control. A rabid fox was confirmed in May.

Rabies vaccinations will be available on October 5 from 1

0am to 2pm at the Public Health Center at 1235 Ramsey Street. Vaccinations cost $ 10 per dog and cat.


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