Niagara County has its first rabid ground animal of the year confirmed on Thursday.
he county's Department of Health got confirmation that a raccoon that had contact with a dog on 20th Street in the City of Niagara Falls was rabid after sending it to state lab. The animal was subsequently captured by a wildlife rehabilitator and euthanized.
Previously, only three bats were confirmed as rabid in 2011. Confirmation of rabies in a wild animal in the City of Niagara Falls is unusual.
However, rabid animals have occasionally been identified within the city over the years since the rabies prevention program began in the county .