Rabid raccoon caught in Augusta, may have infected family dog

A raccoon tested positive for rabies on August 7 and may have exposed a Town of Augusta familyâ??s dog to the virus.

The Oneida County Health Department says the neighbor went into her backyard and noticed that a raccoon was acting strangely and was very close to the dog. The raccoon was killed by the residents.

The dog was never vaccinated for rabies, so now the family faces a tough decision: submit the animal to a strict six-month quarantine or put it down, as per New York State law.

The health department is urging neighbors to make sure that pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, and to avoid contact with any animal that is acting strangely.

The Oneida County Health Department will be offering two rabies clinics, August 18 in Vienna and September 15 in Verona. You can call the health department at 315-798-5064 for details. You can also click here to visit their website.