Rabid raccoon found in Town of Augusta

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A family's pet dog in the Town of Augusta may have been exposed to rabies after a rabid raccoon was found in a back yard, the Oneida County Health Department said.

According to officials, the raccoon, which tested positive for rabies on Aug. 7, was found after a woman went into her backyard where the dog was kept. The raccoon was acting sick and was very close to her dog. The residents were able to kill the raccoon, but it is unclear if the dog was exposed to rabies.

The dog was not vaccinated against rabies. Under state law, a pet without a current rabies vaccination and possibly exposed must be put in a six-month quarantine or euthanized.

The Oneida County Health Department will offer a rabies clinic on Aug. 18 in the Town of Vienna, and one Sept. 15 in Verona.

Call the health department at 798-6400 for more information.

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