Search continues for couple possibly exposed to rabies

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The search continues for a couple that might have been exposed to rabies.

Weeks after a couple dropped off an injured baby raccoon at Enterprise’s Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary tests have confirmed the animal had rabies.

Now efforts are underway to find the couple to ensure their safety.

“(We’re) hoping to alert anyone that maybe had taken that raccoon to get with the health department so that we can counsel them on appropriate medical treatment,” said Alabama Department of Public Health Dr. Dee. W. Jones.

According to the Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary, despite being asked to leave their contact information, the couple refused to.

“The people did not want to leave their information,” said Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary Director Terry Morse. “They were in a big hurry.”

However, the couple did tell the sanctuary they had taken safety precautions when handling the animal.

“They wrapped it up and they had some work gloves or something in the car and they had somebody’s t-shirt that they wrapped it up in,” Morse said.

Meanwhile, one local resident told WDHN she think it’s important to leave contact information when dealing with injured animals.

“I mean if you drop off a wild animal, just in case, leave your contact information because did the animal come from around here? Did you transport it knowing it was infected? I’m not saying that’s the case but you never know,” said local resident Denise Bennett.

ADPH reminds resident to leave wildlife alone and to contact authorities if you find an animal you believe needs help.

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