Liz Burke, WPRO News
One person is being treated for rabies after an unprovoked attack by a rabid raccoon.
One person and two dogs were bitten around 6:30 p.m. Monday night in North Kingstown. The Department of Environmental Management says the vaccination status of the two dogs is being evaluated and proper precautions will be taken once the dogs’ vaccination status has been determined.
The DEM warns the public that the raccoon is still at large and it should be presumed that it has rabies. They ask anyone who sees any sick or abnormally-acting wildlife should report it to the DEM and North Kingstown Animal Control.
The attack occurred on Heritage Road, located off of Post Road in Kingstown. Anyone in that area who might have come in contact with the raccoon should contact the RI Department of Health’s Division of Infectious Diseases for evaluation at 401-222-2577.
The DEM also says anyone who owns a domestic animal that may have come in contact with the raccoon or any other infected wildlife must report it to their municipal animal control officer or DEM’s environmental police at 401-222-3070.
For more information on rabies, visit the DEM’s website, www.dem.ri.gov. Click on “topics” then “Public Health”.