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Only on 6: Man and dog being treated for possible rabies contamination from rabid raccoon

A Troy man and his dog are undergoing treatment for possible rabies contamination, after encountering an aggressive raccoon.

TROY -- Charles Frair Sr. credits his dog Missy for protecting his family from the raccoon that's forced him to seek medical attention.

“It bit her, scratched her a couple of times, and she kept trying to defend the house,” Frair said.

Missy spotted the raccoon in the backyard last week, near where the children were playing.

“It started making sounds at the kids,” Frair said.

We’re told Animal Control was able to catch it and put it down, but later the raccoon tested positive for rabies. Because Frair had come in contact with Missy's saliva, he also had to be treated for possible rabies contamination. The illness is spread through saliva and can be deadly for both animals and humans.

Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough is warning Troy residents about this case, and three other recent cases involving raccoons acting aggressively.

“There's no cure to rabies, all you can do is go through the series of shots and hope you don’t get it,” McDonough said.

McDonough says the latest call involving an aggressive raccoon happened Thursday morning on Peterson Court. Wednesday night, McDonough had a bad encounter with one himself, after he was called to a home on Crestwood Avenue.

“The animal attacked me numerous times, and the animal had to be euthanized,” McDonough said.

McDonough wasn’t injured and nearby residents are relieved the raccoon was caught.

Frair still has to go through two more rounds of shots to protect himself against rabies, but right now he says he's just worried about his dog.

“I just don’t want my dog to die, that’s all,” Frair said.

He's hoping his story will prevent another case.

“What happened to us, I don’t want to happen to someone else,” Frair said.

Missy had had a previous rabies shot, but not recently, so Animal Control says Missy will need to go through a 6-month quarantine period, to be safe.

Troy Animal Control says to call them immediately if you encounter a raccoon acting strangely. They also say to keep pet food inside and trash cans securely closed.

Rensselaer County is holding its next rabies clinic June 1, to make the public more aware about the issue. It’s happening at the Poestenkill VFW from 5?7 pm at 25 Veterans St.

More information on Rensselaer County Rabies clinics:
http://www.rensco.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PublicHealth_2017_Rabies_Schedule.pdf

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