Pasco County Animal Control has recently responded to six reports of sick raccoons carrying both rabies and distemper virus. Since November, there has been a significant increase in these sick or injured animals. These reports all came from highly populated areas on the west side of Pasco County.

Humans and pets are at risk of contracting rabies, especially if your pet has not been vaccinated. Residents should avoid contact with wildlife, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm-blooded animals and humans. Distemper is often fatal, with low survival rates in dogs. Distemper symptoms are similar to rabies symptoms.

To report animal bites or scratches, sick or injured animals and stray dogs or cats, please contact Pasco County Animal Services at the following numbers:

  • 727-834-3216
  • 813-929-1212
  • 352-521-5194

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