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Rabid raccoon marks 11th case of rabies in Orange Co. in 2014

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The Orange County Animal Services has received its 11th positive rabies test result of the year involving a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health.

The County recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

On Sunday, a Chapel Hill resident found a dead raccoon on her property. The woman did not touch or move the animal and called 911 to reach an Animal Control Officer.

The resident’s dog had been vaccinated against rabies and will receive a booster shot in accordance to North Carolina law. Under that law, a dog, cat or ferret that has a current rabies vaccination must only receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days) of any suspected rabies exposure.

Animals that do not have a current vaccination must either be destroyed or quarantined for six months.

"Ensuring cats, dogs and ferrets are current on their rabies vaccinations is one of the most important responsibilities of a pet owner," said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services. "It is critical that we assure that our cats and dogs are currently vaccinated throughout their lives, since it can quite literally be the difference between life and death for a pet and protect the public from rabies."

Orange County will have a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10 and microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $25.

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