Tompkins County Health Department

The Tompkins County Health Department has received a report that a raccoon is being harbored, possibly by a pet, inside a residence at the Poet’s Landing Apartments across from Dryden High School. The Health Department is looking to speak with any person who may have had contact with this raccoon in the last two months. Other residents of the apartment complex are not at risk unless they’ve had contact with a raccoon that resulted in a bite, scratch or saliva contact. 

Raccoons are considered to be a rabies vector species throughout New York State. All raccoons, unless testing verifies otherwise, are considered potential rabies carriers. Anyone who has been in contact with this or any raccoon or has questions regarding this incident can contact the Tompkins County Health Department at (607) 274-6688.

The Health Department reminds everyone to:

  1. Avoid contact with any unfamiliar cats or dogs and any wild animals.

  2. All cats, dogs and ferrets must have initial rabies vaccinations administered no later than four months of age.  Keep vaccinations current!

  1. Report the following incidents to the Tompkins County Health Department at 274-6688:

    1.  All animal bites or scratches.

    2.  Any human or pet contact with saliva or other potentially infectious material (brain tissue, spinal tissue, or cerebrospinal fluid) of wild animals or any animal suspected of having rabies.

    3.  All bat bites, scratches, or any mere skin contact with a bat, or a bat in a room with a child, or sleeping or impaired person.


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(1) comment

Susan Handsom

"...that a raccoon is being harbored, possibly by a pet" I'm trying to figure out how that would work. A lonely cat or dog sneaking their raccoon friend in through the pet door?