Possible rabies case after raccoon attack
The state Department of Environmental Management has learned that a person is being treated for rabies exposure after being bit by a raccoon in an unprovoked attack in North Kingstown Monday night.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Heritage Road, which is located off Post Road. One individual and two dogs were bitten. The vaccination status of the dogs is being evaluated and proper precautions will be taken once the vaccination status has been determined.
In spite of attempts to capture the raccoon, the animal remains at large. This is behavior not typical for raccoons. Anyone who sees any sick or abnormally acting wildlife should report it to the DEM or North Kingstown animal control. Anyone who could have had potential contact with a raccoon in that area should contact the state Department of Health at 222-2577 for evaluation. Additionally, anyone who owns a domestic animal that may have had contact with a raccoon or any other wildlife must report the incident to an animal-control officer or the environmental police at 222-3070.