Rabid raccoon confirmed in Town of Newfane- the third in the town this spring


NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A rabid raccoon has been confirmed in the Town of Newfane- the third confirmed rabid raccoon in the town this spring.

The raccoon was found on Corwin Avenue and was killed by a dog owner whose dog had potential contact with it.

The dog didn’t have up-to-date rabies vaccinations and will receive a booster shot and quarantine for six months.

“Bats, raccoons, skunks, and fox are all common wildlife carriers of the rabies virus,” a Wednesday press release from the Niagara County Department of Health said. “It is possible that a rabid animal can shed (share) the virus by direct contact before symptoms appear visible. A rabid animal can only be confirmed by submitting a laboratory sample.”

You should report all Niagara County animal bites to

Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to the Niagara County Department of Health Environmental Division at 439-7444.

Find more information on rabies here.

Kaley Lynch is a digital reporter who has been part of the News 4 team since 2017. See more of her work here.

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