Contact: Jenni Goodman For Immediate Release
(540)731-3603 May 16, 2023
Radford, Va.-The City of Radford would like to notify residents that a raccoon in Radford has tested positive for the rabies virus. The raccoon no longer poses a threat to the public, but at this time we would like to remind the community of a few prevention steps to keep your pets and families safe.
Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease carried by mammals that is endemic to the area. Radford would like to remind all citizens to follow these important rabies prevention guidelines:
1-Vaccinate your pets. Please make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccines, specifically their rabies vaccination. If you are unsure of the vaccination status of your pets, contact to your veterinarian.
2- Do not leave your animals outside unattended, ensure they are safe and secure on your property.
2- Report all exposures to animals (usually bites and scratches) to your doctor and the local health department.
3- Enjoy wildlife from a distance – do not feed or encourage wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, or foxes to visit your premises.
If you have any questions, please contact Animal Care and Control at 540-731-3688.