Copperas Cove Animal Control reports that a raccoon that attacked a dog in the 2400 block of Dennis Street has tested positive for rabies.
The attack occurred on Thursday in the family’s yard.
The dog itself appears to be OK and received minor injuries.
The dog was up-to-date on its rabies shots and was given a rabies booster and will be kept on home quarantine for 45 days.
Officials say this is a good example of why pets should be kept up to date on their shots.
In the meantime, any resident who believes that they, their pets or anyone else may have had contact with the raccoon or any other wild animal in the Dennis Street area should immediately contact Copperas Cove Animal Control at 254-547-5584 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. or after hours the Copperas Cove Police Department at 254-547-8222.
Your physician or veterinarian should also be contacted.
Rabies infection is most common in Bats, Coyotes, Raccoons, Skunks, and Foxes.
Signs of rabies infection in a human may include, but are not limited to fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis or hyperactivity, or coma.
Signs of rabies infection in pets may include fever, chewing at the site of infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.
Citizens are warned not to approach, touch or have any contact with wild animals and to keep their pets from having contact with wild animals.
Steps should be taken to safeguard their outside areas by covering garbage cans, not leaving pet
food outside, etc.
Anyone observing a wild animal acting strangely should contact Animal Control immediately.