(WIVB) — A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Niagara County.
The county’s Department of Health says this is the first confirmed case in the county in 2019.
The raccoon reportedly bit two sheep before the owner stepped in and killed the animal.
The owner also euthanized the sheep after hearing the raccoon had rabies.
A county official said that livestock are usually not vaccinated against the disease, so it is common to put the animals down if they are infected.
Here are some tips on how to prevent exposure to rabies:
- Don’t feed, touch or adopt wild animals.
- Make sure your pet is up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
- Keep family pets indoors at night.
- Do not leave them outside unattended or roaming free.
Animal bites or sightings can be reported to the Niagara County Department of Health.