Raccoon that attacked cat found to be rabid

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Jan 16, 2014
Source: File

Lincolnville — The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found that a raccoon killed in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 14, was infected with rabies, said Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood.

The animal had attacked a pet cat on Camden Road and was killed by the homeowner, who was awakened by the struggle, Blood said. The resident called the Maine Warden Service, and was told to take the dead raccoon to the CDC, she said.

Since the cat did not have a current rabies vaccination, it had to be euthanized, Blood said. She said pets can survive the bite of a rabid animal if their rabies vaccination is up to date, though they would be required to have a rabies booster shot and to undergo a quarantine period of 30 days to six months.

Blood reminded residents that state law requires that cats as well as dogs have a rabies shot every three years. She recommended that even indoor cats have the shot, since bats and other animals that can carry rabies sometimes get indoors.

Anyone who encounters an animal they suspect may be rabid should call the Maine Warden Service at 547-5300 or their local animal control officer, Blood said. Blood's phone number is 322-3237.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Jan 22, 2014 18:30

Should all hunters, fishermen  and people who go to the store to buy meat to eat be kept indoors as well?

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jan 17, 2014 02:33

Why is the cat outside killing birds in the first place? Why do animal owners allow pets to wander around and are then surprised when bad things happen to them? I feel bad for the cat of course, but all cats kill and they should be indoors.

Posted by: Amanda Parten | Jan 16, 2014 15:31

If there is any chance your cat and/or dog goes outside or inside, they should have a rabies vaccine. If you can't afford it, I would suggest talking with a vet and/or an animal shelter to make payment arrangements. Sorry to hear the cat had to be put down because of an owners neglect.

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