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Niagara Falls residents warned of rabies after raccoon let out of cage

NIAGARA FALLS – A raccoon was kept in a cage at a home in the 1100 block of North Avenue and then released by the time county health investigators arrived Wednesday.

Now the Niagara County Health Department is concerned about possible exposure to rabies and is asking anyone who might have come in contact with a raccoon in the area of North Avenue to report it by calling 439-7444.

“They are potentially exposed, so we would take precautionary measures,” said Paul R. Dicky, county environmental health director. Those measures would include a series of rabies shots.

A licensed wildlife rehabilitator saw the raccoon in the cage Wednesday and reported the matter to the county. Dicky said the Health Department is investigating the matter, but penalties, if any, would be imposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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