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Authorities are warning the public to be on the lookout for a raccoon that may be infected with rabies.
According to Wilson County officials, deputies responded to the 3300 block of Cranberry Ridge Drive in reference to an animal attack at 10:21 a.m. Saturday. A homeowner reportedly let his dog outside to go to the bathroom when he noticed a raccoon entering his yard.
“He reported that the raccoon appeared to be foaming at the mouth,” said Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff. “He reported that before he could call to the dog, the raccoon hissed and started fighting with his dog.”
The two animals reportedly broke apart and the raccoon fled the man’s yard. The resident and deputies looked for the raccoon, but were unsuccessful.
The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination, but it did receive a booster shot. The dog was not injured during the attack.
“Pet owners should make sure that your pets are current on vaccinations,” a message from the Wilson County Health Department states. “If you see an animal not acting normal, please call Animal Control.”