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El Paso Co. Health seeks information on raccoon that was brought into local Petco

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 23:39:21-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County Public Health was notified that on Sunday, June 7, a baby raccoon was brought into the Petco store on W. Uintah Street in Colorado Springs.

The department is now seeking to contact the individual who brought the animal in and asks that they contact the department at (719) 578-3220.

Public Health is also encouraging anyone who had contact with the raccoon or was as the store between 10 and 11 a.m. on Sunday to contact them.

The department said it is working with the store to obtain more obtain more details about the situation, but at this time the raccoon has not been located and it is unknown whether the animal has rabies. While this raccoon is not confirmed to have rabies, it is still important to reach out to Public Health if you may have been exposed, the department said.

“Rabies is much more common in the summer months,” said Dr. Robin Johnson, El Paso County Public Health Medical Director. “It’s critical to remember not to touch, feed or take care of wildlife, as they have the potential to carry rabies.”