The State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the City of Milwaukee Health Department recently recommended euthanasia for two dogs that attacked a family of raccoons. The bull mastiff and lab-chow mix dogs, who had not been vaccinated for rabies, killed the raccoons. The raccoons were tested by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and were found to be "equivocal" for rabies. This means that rabies could not be ruled out and the dogs needed to be considered exposed.If these dogs had been current on their rabies vaccines, a 6 week quarantine would have been recommended instead of euthanasia. In addition to keeping your pet current on it's rabies vaccine, the Milwaukee Health Department recommends keeping pets on leashes and away from wildlife.
For more information on rabies and precautions please go to the link below.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Infectious Diseases
Rabies Section MS G-33
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30333