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Cumberland Co. reports first rabies case of 2014

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Cumberland County Animal Control said a racoon tested positive for rabies, becoming the first case of the disease in the county for 2014.

The raccoon was picked up on March 1 at Vets for Pets Animal Hospital in Harnett County, authorities said.  A dog, whose owner lives on Sherrill Baggett Road in Cumberland County, fought and killed the raccoon, animal control said. 

The pet owner took the dog and raccoon to Vets for Pets. Animal control said the dog's rabies vaccination had expired so the dog must be quarantined for six months at a veterinarian's or euthanized, according to state statute.

Animal control encourages all pet owners to keep vaccinations current.

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal:

  • Immediately wash the wound under running water for at least 10 minutes with lots of soap.  Seek medical attention/advice.
  • Call Animal Control at 321-6852 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Call the Sheriff's Office at 323-1500 after 5 p.m., weekends and holidays.
  • Go to the emergency room.
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