Groveland Sends Dog to Quarantine as Precaution After Encounter with Rabid Raccoon

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A Groveland dog was quarantined this week after coming into contact with a rabid raccoon.

Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen said Thursday it does not appear the dog contracted rabies and is being observed out of an “abundance of caution.” Police captured the raccoon and turned it over the state Department of Public Health. The animal was “humanely euthanized,” he added.

“While we don’t have any reason to believe there is a danger to the community as a result of this infected animal, we thought it was important to make the public aware so that they can take care to protect themselves, their families and their pets,” the chief said, adding, “Residents should report any encounters with wild animals they think may be of concern, and should never attempt to capture the animal themselves.”

Police went to a Center Street home Monday, at 6:21 p.m., after receiving a resident reported seeing a sick raccoon. Public Health officials confirmed Wednesday the animal tested positive for rabies.

According to the state, rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord in mammals, including humans. It is caused by a virus and is almost always fatal.

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