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updated 05.19.2009

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Dogs missing after contact with rabid raccoon

Middlesex Animal Control has made an urgent request to help locate two Chocolate Labrador Retrievers that came in contact with a rabid raccoon in Deltaville on Monday, May 18, said chief animal control officer Ricky Warren.

“It is very important that these dogs be found as quick as possible to check their rabies vaccination and to give them a booster shot,” said Warren.

Warren’s worst worry is that the dogs could have contracted rabies and might spread it to a human. Rabies is spread by saliva from the infected animal, he noted. It is 100 percent fatal once symptoms are present.

Witnesses said they saw the dogs around the rabid raccoon mid-morning on May 18. To be on the safe side, Warren assumes the dogs killed the raccoon and their rabies vaccination records need to be checked.

The male and female dogs came in contact with the raccoon in the area of Gull Cove Road, just past the rescue squad building in Deltaville.

“If you know anyone with Chocolate Labs it is extremely important that they be contacted,” said Warren, who noted that dogs can range a long distance.

This is the fifth confirmed case of rabies in Middlesex since March 21.

Call animal control at 758-2779 with information.

posted 05.19.2009

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