HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County police say they’ve encountered two animals with rabies earlier this week.
Both incidents occurred on Monday, the first at roughly 9 a.m. after officers responded to the 1500 block of Gabriel Court in reference to a fox acting erratically. Officers located a fox under the deck of a home in the area and attempted to capture the fox. The fox attacked the officers and was then killed due to its aggressive actions. No human or animal exposures were reported.
The fox’s remains were submitted to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services where it tested positive for rabies.
The second encounter occurred at approximately 8 p.m. in the 8300 block of Battlefield Park Road where a juvenile raccoon was found dead inside a livestock pen containing several goats and pigs. The raccoon’s remains were submitted for testing to the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services where positive rabies results were later confirmed. The Health Department is consulting with the livestock owners on possible quarantine options at this time. There were no additional exposures reported.
The two cases mark the fourth and fifth confirmed positive rabies cases in Henrico this year.
Henrico Police Animal Protection reminds everyone to be sure to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community.
Please report abnormal wildlife behavior to the Henrico Police Non-Emergency Communications Center at (804) 501-5000.