ORANGE COUNTY – The Orange County Animal Services Department reported two cases of rabies Friday, bringing the total to 11 cases this year.

A Rougemont resident discovered a dead raccoon lying on her porch beside her dog Wednesday.  The dog’s owner placed the rabid raccoon in a plastic bag and then called Animal Control to have it tested for rabies, according to Orange County Animal Services.

On Thursday, a Hillsborough resident discovered a dead skunk, found later to be rabid, in her dogs’ outdoor kennel.

The dogs were all up-to-date on rabies vaccination and will receive booster shots pursuant to North Carolina statute.

The County recorded 12 positive rabies cases in 2012.

Rabies is rooted in reservoir species, such as raccoons and bats. If there is any possibility of exposure, you should immediately call Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387, or 911.



The last 2013 Low-Cost ($10) Rabies Vaccination Clinic will take place on Thursday, November 14, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill.  This is also a microchip clinic.

The cost for rabies vaccinations is $10 and for microchips is $25.  Clinic dates for 2014 will be posted later in the year and available at www. or by calling Orange County Animal Services at 919.942.7387.