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Raccoon in Arlington Tests Positive for Rabies

The raccoon, now dead, bit two children and an adult over the weekend.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A raccoon, which bit two children and an adult in Arlington over the weekend, has tested positive for rabies, according to the town.

The bites occurred Friday evening on Hodge and Upland roads in the Morningside neighborhood – however, reports of sick animals have been received all over town.

All three bitten were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

More from the Town of Arlington on rabies, including preventative measures.

inthegloaming April 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Btw: don't panic! :) http://www.wildlifeincrisis.com/guidelines/rabies.htm
Zoltan April 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Has the Town of Arlington considered a trap-vaccinate-release program rather than wait until the spread of rabies reaches epidemic proportions?
Will April 30, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Animal control won't do a damn thing about them. There is a family of raccoon's living in one of Keith Lombard's property's and he and the town ignore it.
Stephen April 30, 2014 at 02:56 PM
The incident happened in my adjourning neighbor's yard. The advocate tells the story best: "He told police that his granddaughter was sitting in his backyard when she saw a raccoon on the other side of his backyard fence. He told her to begin walking toward the house and not interact with the animal. Before she got very far, the raccoon jumped over the fence, landed on his granddaughter’s back and bit her on the head, police said." I know the children bitten, the neighborhood is filled with children who all play outside. inthegloaming makes rabid statements to downplay the seriousness of this situation, while I merely was making a public service announcement.
I dislike bloggers April 30, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Hey Stephen , be careful I hear there is a tiny and I mean tiny Rabid RAT down the cemetery that like to harass mourners on Sunday mornings ...

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