YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — Officials with the Niagara County Department of Health say they’ve learned a raccoon they submitted for rabies testing has tested positive for the disease.
The confirmed rabies case is the second in the county in 2016 thus far. Officials say they tested the raccoon as it behaved oddly, getting into a fight with a dog.
The owner of the dog reported the odd encounter to health officials after the raccoon died from its injuries in the fight.
Officials say the confirmed case serves as a reminder to pet owners to get their pets vaccinated. Niagara County will hold its next free rabies clinic on April 9 at the Town of Porter Highway Garage on Braley Road from 9 to 11 a.m.
In the meanwhile, officials say pet owners should not leave pets outdoors unattended, and never leave pets outdoors at night.