DPD responds to Westgate Park

This morning Dothan police officers were called to Westgate Park for a suspicious animal on the bike trail….a sick raccoon. The animal appeared confused and disoriented, moved slowly, and had difficulty walking….all signs of rabies!

Thanks to an alert citizen we were able to safely remove a potential public health hazard. Officer Tate was able to collar the animal with a piece of rope, keeping it from running away until it could be turned over to Animal Control.

REMEMBER!!! Vaccinate your pets, pay attention to your surroundings, and report any animal that shows signs of rabies. For more information on the signs and symptoms of rabies, and tips for prevention, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies

* Also…NEVER attempt to pet a wild raccoon. Even if they are not rabid, they can be very aggressive!