Rabid raccoon found in Hosier Oaks in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Officials at Portsmouth Animal Control say a raccoon has tested positive for rabies.

The Portsmouth Animal Control Office responded to a call on November 4 regarding an altercation involving two domestic dogs and a raccoon in the Hosier Oak neighborhood. The dogs allegedly attacked and killed the raccoon. The raccoon was then sent to Consolidated Laboratory Services for testing for the rabies virus.

Currently, Portsmouth Animal Control and Portsmouth Health Department are working closely together
to ensure the safety of the dogs involved and to have surveyed the neighborhood to notify residents
of the incident.

The Portsmouth Health Department is advising residents and visitors to take steps to prevent families and pets from being exposed to rabies. Residents are urged to eliminate food sources around the home by not feeding stray animals, sealing garbage cans with lids, and properly disposing of any food left outside. Food stored in outbuildings (barns, open garages) must be inaccessible to animals.

Residents should avoid contact with cats, dogs and other stray wildlife. Animals should be confined to properties and vaccinated against rabies.

To report stray animals, contact the Portsmouth Bureau of Animal Control at 393-8430.

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Jennifer R. Strohm

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