With all of the stories of self defense, this one is rather different. There was a trespasser in a quiet Spartanburg neighborhood. Police said today that a raccoon shot on the porch of a Sylvan Drive home has tested positive for rabies.
At 10 a.m. the resident initially went outside after hearing a commotion on his front porch. When he opened the front door he found his cat along with a raccoon that was hissing and “not acting right”. He went to usher the raccoon off his porch, but the animal charged him. After shooting the animal twice he dialed 911. Thankfully, the homeowner was armed when he went to the front door and shot the rabid animal before he or his cat had been bitten.
Rabies is spread the by the saliva of an animal and infects the central nervous system. Without immediate treatment it is always fatal.
After the body of the dead raccoon was removed by animal services, the Spartanburg police issued a warning in the local area to keep an eye out for other cases; and are asking to keep your pets current on vaccinations.
Any animal that may have been exposed to rabies should be taken to a veterinarian and any exposed person should seek medical treatment immediately, police said, adding that anyone who sees an animal acting strangely or looks sick should avoid contact with it and call 911.
If the homeowner had not been carrying a weapon at the time of the attack this story would have ended much differently. Yet one more reason to carry. To help you learn what to do in any defensive scenario click here.