Mansfield Police Department

Raccoon That Attacked Child Tests Positive For Rabies – 10/21/16

On Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 a raccoon attacked a small child along Axe Factory Road. The child was playing in the yard when the animal attacked without provocation. The child’s father fended off the raccoon with a pocket knife, killing it. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment and is recuperating at home.  The township’s animal control officer submitted the raccoon to the lab for testing, which revealed it had rabies. Residents are asked to report any wild animals that are not behaving normally or exhibit aggressive behavior. Anyone who believes they had contact with a rabid animal should seek out medical testing and treatment.