Rabid raccoon kills pet cat in Monmouth home

10:59 AM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A raccoon that found its way into a Monmouth home and killed the homeowner's cat has tested positive for rabies.

Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said test results returned Wednesday confirmed that the raccoon that sneaked into the home last weekend suffered from rabies. It is the second confirmed case of rabies in the area in as many weeks.

Mulherin tells the Kennebec Journal  the animal got into the house Sunday through a pet entry on a screen door. The homeowner, a woman in her 60s, heard her cat making a loud noise. The woman ran downstairs to see the raccoon and her cat fighting in the living room.

She called police, who used a stun gun on the raccoon, before rolling it out the door and killing it.

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