Racoon in Enfield Tests Positive for Rabies

A raccoon found dead in Enfield was rabid and police are reminding pet owners to vaccinate pets against rabies.

Police said animal control responded to a call last Thursday after a dog went after a racoon on Oliver Road and the raccoon was dead.

The owner of the dog requested that the raccoon be tested for rabies and lab tests came back positive, police said.

The dog’s rabies vaccine is up to date and the animal received a booster vaccination, according to police.

Enfield Animal Control said it is state law to vaccinate dogs and cats.

If your animal is not vaccinated or the vaccination has expired, contact your veterinarian.

Anyone with questions should contact your local health department, animal control office or your veterinarian.

Police also urge people not to approach or handle any wildlife and to explain that to your children as well.

Symptoms of Rabies

Clinical signs of rabies in animals include fever, loss of appetite, excessive irritability, unusual vocalization, change in behavior, restlessness, jumping at noises, trouble walking, excess salivation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, stupors or unprovoked aggression.

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