Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The Department of Environmental Management and state Department of Health are cautioning NK residents following a raccoon bite incident Monday night.
A North Kingstown resident is being treated for rabies exposure and two dogs have been quarantined following in incident with a possibly rabid raccoon Monday night. According to the State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Management, the attack was unprovoked and happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday on Heritage Road in North Kingstown. The vaccination status of the dogs is currently being evaluated. The animal eluded authorities' attempts to capture it and remains at large. DEM and the health department are warning that the raccoon is presumed to be infected with rabies as the animal's behavior is not typical for raccoons. Heritage Road is in the neighborhood east of Post Road across from the shopping plaza with TJ Maxx and…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Homeowner calls police after seeing the animal acting strangely in her backyard.
Test results on a raccoon killed in the backyard of a house on Barrows Drive Monday afternoon came back positive for rabies Tuesday, according to Animal Control Officer Renee Young. A resident of Barrows Drive, which runs between Howland Road and Blueberry Drive, called police late afternoon on Monday after seeing a raccoon in her backyard acting peculiarly. At the house, the police officer saw the raccoon acting aggressively so he shot it and it was taken to the state lab for testing. Young did not know the last time a rabid animal had been found in East Greenwich. However, she said, “if we have one positive, there’s a good possibility there’s more.” The homeowner, who was not identified, does not have pets, Young said. If she had, those…
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Bats can carry rabies and in warmer weather, they may seek cooler, more human-friendly, places to hang out.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The state Department of Health advises Rhode Islanders that the seasonal increase in reports of potential rabies exposures continues, and recently, there have been a number of exposures to bats throughout the state. “When the outside temperatures increase, we tend to see bats leave attics and go into other cooler areas of houses,” said Director of Health Michael Fine. “We want to remind people to bat proof their homes and to continue to use common sense when dealing with domestic, stray or wild animals. Bat rabies is highly transmissible to humans, and can be transmitted without being bitten or scratched by the bat. As a result, when we receive reports of potential exposure to a bat, the rabies vaccinations are recommended even if there is…