Search Is On For Man Who Left Rabid Raccoon At Methuen MSPCA


METHUEN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — State and local authorities are searching for a man who may have been exposed to rabies by a raccoon he dropped off at a Methuen MSPCA facility.

Video footage shows the man in a dark pick-up truck dropping the raccoon off at the MSCPA's Nevins Farm in Methuen. Health officials believe the man had been housing and feeding the animal.

Rabies is a fatal disease, and any exposure requires immediate medical intervention. After the raccoon's rabies test came back positive, Methuen Police Lieutenant Joseph Aiello said they're really hoping they can track down the man who turned it in.

"We really don't even know what area he lives in," said Lt. Aiello. "He could've come to the MSPCA from just about anywhere, obviously."

Lt. Aiello said if anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact their local police department, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl reports:

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