Posted by Jessi Turnure
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A raccoon, possibly with rabies, was shot and killed near downtown Jonesboro.
Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jonesboro Police Officer Melissa Wells was called to the 1500-block of Madison. The raccoon started to approach her, causing her to shoot and kill it.
The Department of Health will test the raccoon for rabies. But some veterinarians say they do not think the tests will come back positive because raccoon rabies simply do not exist in Arkansas.
Instead, they say it is something very similar to rabies.
"If you see a raccoon that has abnormal behavior, they have acquired canine distemper, which is a very infectious virus. It affects all kinds of animals," Dr. Archie Ryan said.
But unlike rabies, Ryan said distemper can only affect your pets.