URGENT NOTICE TO ARLINGTON RESIDENTS:
On October 28, 2021, around 6:00 P.M., Arlington County Animal Control responded to an incident with multiple dogs and a raccoon. The incident occurred at Shirlington Dog Park (2710 S Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22206). The raccoon in the incident was removed by Animal Control and tested clinically POSITIVE for rabies.
Rabies is a disease that people and animals can catch from the bite or scratch of infected animals. It is fatal if medical care is not given promptly.
If you, your child, or your pet may have come into contact with this raccoon or any wild animals including bats or raccoons, please call Arlington County Animal Control at 703-931-9241 immediately. After hours please stay on the line to speak with the answering service who will alert an officer. Residents are encouraged to:
- Ensure pets are up to date on their rabies and distemper vaccines
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times and keep cats inside
- Do not approach or feed any wild animals
- Feed pets inside
- Remove wildlife attractants from yards, such as unsecured garbage cans, open containers of food, and compost.
Arlington County Animal Control is also urging residents to remain vigilant and if they see any animal that appears sick, lethargic, disoriented, or aggressive to stay away from the animal and call Animal Control immediately: 703-931-9241. If you come across a deceased rabies vector animal (including cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, and groundhogs) in your yard or a public space please do not handle the animal and contact Animal Control promptly.