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Briefs: Rabies vaccine coming to area where rabid raccoon was found

CLEARWATER

Raccoon found rabid; vaccine will be used

An area around Keene and Lakeview roads will be treated with doses of a rabies vaccine that wild animals eat because a resident found a rabid raccoon in his backyard this spring. Pinellas County animal services officials put out a request Tuesday seeking to hear from the man, who trapped the raccoon himself and left it in a drop-off cage at animal services on March 23. On Monday, county officials said they learned from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the raccoon tested positive for rabies — Pinellas County's first confirmed case of the disease since 2005. Animal Services usually tests animals for rabies if a human or pet has been bitten or scratched, and officials said those test results are known in a day. The raccoon was tested as part of the USDA's field testing program. County officials issued an appeal early Tuesday for more information about where the animal came from and within hours heard from the man, whom they did not identify.

Pistol discovered in roadside ditch

A road crew found more than debris along the roadway Tuesday, police said. Police spokeswoman Beth Daly-Watts said the crew was cleaning at Belcher and Nursery roads, where they found a handgun in a roadside ditch. Daly-Watts said officers are investigating to see if the 9mm pistol was stolen or used in any crimes. No more details are known about the gun.

COUNTYWIDE

Clothes To Kids needs donations

Clothes To Kids, a Clearwater-based nonprofit organization, is seeking help stocking up for back-to-school season. The organization provides free new and gently used clothing to low-income Pinellas County school children. In the current economic climate, more and more families are seeking help. This year, the organization has already served 50 percent more children than during the same time period last year. Donations are fully tax-deductible and can be mailed to P.O. Box 6123, Clearwater , Florida 33758-6123 or dropped off at the store, 1059 N Hercules Ave. Call the store at (727) 441-5050 or visit www.ClothesToKids.org.

DUNEDIN

Committee needs a teen member

The city of Dunedin is currently accepting applications for a youth member on its Recreation & Parks Committee. Applicants must be Dunedin residents between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of appointment. For more information, visit the city's Web site at www.dunedingov.com or call (727) 298-3035.

Pinellas deaths

Atherton, Janice L. "Jan"

Bethel, Edward V. Jr. "Doc"

Borden, Sara

Carone, Ben

Danehy, Irene C.

Devereaux, Thomas Karl

Dickey, Delores

Johnson, Ruby J.

Lambert, John L.

Lay, Milton W. "Red"

Montgomery, George

Rogers, Genevieve I.

Tritter, Pearl

Watson, Kathleen L.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Briefs: Rabies vaccine coming to area where rabid raccoon was found 06/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 12:05pm]
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