Copperas Cove Animal Control was dispatched Tuesday to the 1900 block of Wayne Street in reference to a raccoon that walked up in the yard and laid down near the side of a house.
Animal Control officers located the raccoon, impounded it and sent it to the Texas Department of Health in Austin for testing. Copperas Cove Animal Control was notified Thursday by the Texas Department of Health the raccoon was infected with rabies.
Any residents who believes they, their pet, or has knowledge of a person or animal having any contact with a raccoon, or other wild animal in this area should immediately contact Copperas Cove Animal Control at 254-547-5584, police said. After-hours calls should be made to the Copperas Cove Police Department at 254-547-8222. Also contact your physician and/or veterinarian in the case of a possible animal exposure.
Rabies infection is most common in bats, coyotes, raccoons, skunks and foxes. Signs of rabies infection in a human may include, but are not limited to fever, headaches, fatigue, respiration difficulties, possible paralysis or hyperactivity, or coma. Signs of rabies infection in pets may include fever, chewing at the site of infection or bite, erratic behavior, walking aimlessly, general restlessness, skin irritability, sensitivity to light, aggression in animals not normally aggressive, and generally unnatural behavior for that animal.