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Raccoon that fought dog east of Brooksville was rabid

BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Health Department said Thursday that a raccoon involved in a fight with a dog near Sun Hill Lane east of Brooksville had tested positive for rabies.

According to a news release, the dog's owner provided proof that the pet had a current rabies vaccination. The dog will be quarantined at home for 45 days as a precaution.

Residents in the area are encouraged to report any stray or wild animals exhibiting aggressive or unusual behavior to Hernando County Animal Services.

Rabid animals may behave strangely and attack for no apparent reason — or act very tame. They may drool a lot and may stagger or become paralyzed. Foxes, raccoons, bats and skunks commonly carry the virus.

This was the first rabid animal reported in Hernando County this year. In October, a rabid raccoon was reported.

The Health Department recommends that residents and visitors be certain that dogs, cats and ferrets over 3 months old are vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian.

Raccoon that fought dog east of Brooksville was rabid 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:29pm]
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