Raccoon Hit By Motorist Is Confirmed as Rabid
Department of Health seeks assistance identifying man who removed the animal from roadway
On Friday, August 16, 2019 Baltimore County Police responded to a call about a raccoon that was hit by a car in the unit block of Slade Avenue (21208). The raccoon tested positive for rabies and the Baltimore County Department of Health is asking for help identifying the person that removed the dead animal from the roadway.
Described as a Caucasian male in his late 30s with brown hair, wearing glasses, and driving a Toyota four-door sedan, it is vitally important that this good Samaritan seek medical treatment immediately. Contact with a rabid animal may result in death.
The Baltimore County Department of Health is advises this person or anyone who may have had direct exposure to the raccoon to seek immediate medical attention from a personal healthcare provider or a hospital emergency room. If you have any information about the identity of this person, you may contact the Department of Health at410-887-5963 Monday through Friday during regular business hours, or 410-832-7182 after normal business hours.
Residents are reminded of the potential dangers of interacting with wildlife and should adhere to the following rabies prevention tips:
Rabies Prevention Tips
• Consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if the home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
• Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
• Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. If you feed your pets outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight.
• Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
• Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets and do not allow your pets to roam freely.
Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit our website or call 410-887-PAWS(7297).