Rabid Raccoon Attacks Dog in Peters

Police remind area residents to ensure their pets are safe.

The Peters Township Police Department is reminding residents to ensure their dogs and cats have up-to-date rabies vaccines.

Police also advise residents to make sure their pets don't come into contact with wild animals.

The warnings come in the wake of an incident on Feb. 10, when officers responded to a report in the 200 block of Stonebrooke Drive.

A resident there heard a commotion outside, and upon checking, found their dog with a raccoon hanging from its neck.

The resident put the raccoon down, and the carcass was picked up by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for testing.

On Thursday, test results confirmed that the animal was rabid.

"There is no need to panic," police Chief Harry Fruecht said in a release. "The dog is current on its rabies vaccination, and has had a booster shot. It will be quarantined for 90 days at the resident’s home. The dog must remain on a leash at all times when outdoors."

The Department of Agriculture will be completing compliance checks to ensure that the quarantine is being observed.

John February 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I believe the raccoon should be punished to the full extent of the law. Biting an innocent dog like that is just cruel. I would like to think its raccoon parents would have taught him better manners. Also, this is clearly a case of drug abuse on the part of the raccoon. My best guess is Krokodil or something similar which gives the user an incredibly altered sate of mind and leads to unprovoked attacks like this one. Raccoons are the work of the devil at Veema and we need to stop this problem now before our children are forced to deal with it.
Arcole February 23, 2013 at 04:31 AM
John, You touch yourself too much !!!!!!!!!!! He was punished, the dog's owner gave him lead poisoning!!
KOFA February 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Oh No!!!! That must mean that there is the dreaded "lead" on Stonebrooke Dr, better call out the hazardous waste squad!!!!


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