Rabid raccoon enters DeKalb home through doggy door, bites two dogs

A rabid raccoon caught on Feb. 23 has prompted DeKalb County health officials to issue warnings.
A rabid raccoon caught on Feb. 23 has prompted DeKalb County health officials to issue warnings.

A raccoon picked up by DeKalb County Animal Services late last week tested positive for rabies, officials announced Wednesday.

The raccoon entered through the doggy door of a home and bit two dogs, according a spokesman. The dogs were current on their shots but were quarantined in the home as a precaution.

The raccoon was captured Friday in the 3200 block of  Covington Highway. The raccoon’s status was not immediately available.


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The virus is spread through saliva, usually from a bite by a rabid animal. Anyone bitten or scratched by a wild animal should seek medical attention immediately, the county said.

For more information, contact DeKalb County Animal Services at 404-294-2996, option 2.


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