Hingham: Raccoon that attacked woman tests positive for rabies

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Hingham Police say a raccoon that attacked a woman in her bed has tested positive for rabies.

Hingham police Sgt. Stephen Dearth says the raccoon jumped on the 73-year-old woman’s bed Wednesday morning when she tried to pet it, thinking it was her own cat. The raccoon apparently got in through a cat door to a back porch.

Dearth said the woman chased the raccoon out of her bedroom, shut the door and called police at about 11 a.m. The officers found the raccoon still in the house, and a state environmental police officer trapped and removed it.

Dearth said the woman has non-life threatening injuries to her face and fingers and her cat wasn’t hurt.

The raccoon was euthanized and test result came back positive for rabies on Thursday.

Dearth says the woman was treated at the hospital in preparation for the possibility of rabies, and anyone who may have had contact with the animal has been notified.

 

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