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Rabid Racoon Recently Confirmed in Denver

 

Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure pets are vaccinated

Dec. 1, 2017 — Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure their pets are vaccinated as a rabid racoon has been found in Denver at the 4600 block of Sherman St. Following an altercation with two dogs at a residence in the area, the raccoon died. After testing, the animal was found to be positive for rabies. The dogs involved were reported to have been scratched and bitten. It is still unknown if the dogs were adequately vaccinated for rabies, as they have not been located since the altercation.  

Rabies is a viral infection that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. It is almost always fatal. Most Colorado rabies cases are found in skunks and bats, but rabies can also affect other wildlife (such as raccoons) as well as pets and livestock. Humans and domestic animals can become infected through contact with wild animals. 

Animals that have rabies may show the following signs:

  • Displaying confusion, uncharacteristic aggression, or a lack of fear around people
  • Staggering, trembling, or weakness
  • Nocturnal animals like racoons, skunks, foxes and bats may be out during the day
  • Bats may be found on the ground, unable to fly

To help protect pets, Denver Animal Shelter offers weekly low-cost rabies vaccinations clinics on Saturdays and Sundays from 9–11 a.m. The cost for a rabies vaccination is $15 per pet. To learn more, visit www.DenverAnimalShelter.org.

How to protect you and your family:

  • Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, and be cautious of stray dogs and cats
  • Teach children to leave wildlife alone
  • Keep pet vaccinations up to date
  • Tightly close garbage cans and feed bins
  • Feed pets indoors
  • Avoid all contact with skunks and bats

If you believe you or your pet have been exposed to rabies, call your physician or veterinarian immediately, and report the incident to 311. If you believe a rabid animal is in your neighborhood, call 311 to report it.

Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides animal care and protection services which protect the health, public safety and welfare of both people and animals in Denver County. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 6,700 lost and abandoned pets each year. For more information, visit www.denveranimalshelter.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/DenverAnimalShelter.

The Department of Public Health & Environmental (DDPHE) is Denver’s nationally-accredited public health agency. The divisions of DDPHE are: Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner, and Public Health Inspections.

For more information about DDPHE, visit www.denvergov.org/EnvironmentalHealth or follow us on www.twitter.com/DDPHE