A raccoon observed acting in a bizarre manner at the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center in Carmel has tested positive for rabies.
Putnam Health Department Public Information Officer Barbara Ilardi said the animal was discovered on Monday evening in the western end of the shopping plaza: “The Sheriff’s Department was notified and since the animal exhibited unusual behavior, it was sent to the State Health Department Laboratory in Albany for testing.”
Ilardi said the results came back Wednesday indicating the raccoon was rabid.
Officials have requested that anyone coming into contact with the raccoon or if a pet had physical contact with the animal to please call the Health Department in Southeast at 808-1390. If calls are made after hours or on the weekends, call 808-1390, ext.3.
Earlier this month two gray foxes tested positive for rabies in the Mahopac Falls section of the county. In one instance, a rabid fox chased a woman into her home and attacked her. Rabies is very serious; in humans, it is virtually always fatal if left untreated.