Following the discovery of a rabid raccoon in Derry last week, members of the Derry Police Department are advising residents to take steps to prevent rabies in pets and humans.
Police received a report Oct. 15 of a suspected rabid raccoon in the Drew Road area. A dog in the area found the raccoon and brought it home, and the dog’s owner, suspecting rabies, contacted the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game arranged for the animal to be tested, and the Department of Public Health confirmed that the animal had rabies. The pet owner was advised to get a booster rabies shot for his dog as a precaution.
Derry Animal Control Officer Marlene Bishop issued the following advisory:
• Have pets vaccinated for rabies and keep vaccinations up to date.
• Supervise children and pets when they play outdoors, and bring them inside if wildlife wanders into the area.
• Remind children that wild animals should not be approached.
• Carriers of rabies may include raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes, in addition to domestic animals.
• Behaviors indicative of rabies include chasing pets or people.
• Anyone who is bitten by a dog, a wild animal or a stray should wash the site of the bite immediately with soap and warm water and seek medical attention. If a pet has been bitten, seek help from a veterinarian.
Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas said Monday there is no new information on the raccoon or the dog.