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Rabid raccoon attacks 2 children in Arlington

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ARLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - Arlington officials are warning residents to be aware of a rabid raccoon that bit an adult and two children on Tuesday.

Louis Pancheri described how he fought off the raccoon as it attacked his 2-year-old granddaughter Sophia.

"She was crying like crazy and had blood all over the face," Pancheri said.

Mother Felisabeth Pancheri said it was the most frightening thing she'd ever seen, watching the raccoon scratching and biting her daughter after it wandered into their Arlington backyard.

"She has a lot of bites on her head and scratches on her face," the mother said.

Louis grabbed a plank of wood to strike the raccoon, but it ran down the street and into another yard where it bit a 7-year-old boy in the leg.

Police shot and killed the raccoon, which was later tested positive for rabies. All three people bitten were treated at an area hospital and family members got rabies shots.

Health officials are warning residents to stay away from animals like raccoons and urging people to vaccinate pets and keep garbage covered at all times.This particular raccoon was born in someone's open chimney in Arlington a couple of years ago.

A press release from the town also said that reports of sick animals have been received from all parts of Arlington.

Police are asking for any reports of possibly-sick animals and ask for people to call the Arlington Police Department at (781) 643-1212.
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