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Rabid raccoon prompts vaccination concerns in Spartanburg

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Spartanburg Police asked pet owners to make sure their animals are vaccinated against rabies after a raccoon tested positive for the virus.

Officers said that a man living on Sylvan Drive noticed a raccoon on his porch playing with his cat on Saturday. The animal was making strange noises and behaving erratically, officers said.

When the man tried to chase the raccoon off, police said it chased after him.

The man shot and killed the raccoon and then called police.

Officers said Spartanburg Animal Services recovered the animal, which was then sent to DHEC.

On Monday, DHEC officials said the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

"If you have pets, ensure they are current on their rabies and distemper vaccines," advised Capt. Regina Nowak with Spartanburg Police.

Police also advise pet owners not to leave food outside after feeding pets.

If animals or people are exposed to rabies, police said medical or veterinary treatment should be sought immediately.

"Remember, wild animals are not pets and should not be treated as such," Nowak said. "If you see wild animals that appear to be sick or acting abnormally, avoid contact, and call 911."

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