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Department of Health confirms rabid raccoon

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The Department of Health has confirmed that a raccoon shot and killed by Providence Police today was rabid. 

Police and Animal Control were on the lookout for the animal believed to be rabid after it attacked a woman and a teenager Wednesday morning. Both are being treated for rabies.

Around 6:30 a.m. police responded to Princeton Avenue after a teenager was bitten in the face by a raccoon. About an hour later police responded to Burnett Street where the raccoon leaped at a woman and bit her hand.

Anmial Control Supervisor Scott Schofield said the real concern is whether other animals have been infected.

The Department of Health and DEM have made the following recommendations for people who live in the area of Princeton Avenue and Burnett Street:
  • Make sure dogs, cats, and ferrets are properly vaccinated against rabies. It is the law.
  • Avoid all contact with stray, wild, or free-roaming domestic animals.
  • Call HEALTH if you have had any contact with a stray, wild, or free-roaming domestic animal.
  • Call your local animal control officer if an animal you own has had contact with a stray, wild, or free-roaming domestic animal.
  • Secure all trash so that animals will not be attracted to it.
  • Do not feed animals outdoors, as this will attract other animals. This is especially dangerous when feeding large numbers of free-roaming cats.
  • Do not leave pets outdoors loose or unattended.
They also recommend those with domestic animals that may have had contact with raccoon's should call Providence Animal Control at 401-243-6040 so that their pets can be evaluated.

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