Nancy Carrier, a bartender at Mr. Quiggleys Dead Dog Saloon, would rather see tonight's prime rib special in the news than raccoons. But raccoons it is.
A customer at the Lockport restaurant last Friday found a baby raccoon in the parking lot, and they and two others petted it, Carrier said.
Now, the Niagara County Health Department is asking anyone who touched the animal to reach out to receive rabies shots as a precaution.
The baby was one of 13 found in the Town of Pendleton, the Health Department said. Twelve were put down and sampled for rabies; the 13th had died, was deemed untestable and presumed diseased.
“Due to the fact these animals were handled, they had to be tested,” said Paul Dicky, director of the department's environmental health division.
People who have made contact with presumed-rabid animals "require post-exposure treatment," the Health Department advised.