Rabid Animals

If you see an animal that you believe may be rabid, call to report the location of the animal. Do not try to touch or capture the animal because it may attempt to bite you. Animals with rabies usually show some type of behavioral change. They can be aggressive and excited or depressed and lethargic. They may be uncoordinated and unfocused on the presence of humans around them.

In Weirton, the most common types of wildlife which may carry the rabies virus are raccoons and bats. These animals, which normally avoid humans, are nocturnal and it is unusual for them to be active during daylight hours. If you see a raccoon, fox or bat during daylight hours and it appears to be sick or is aggressive toward other animals or humans, move to a safe location and call immediately. The number to call is 304-797-8500 extension 1032 for animal control or 304-797-8555 for police.  The law requires that your dog or cat be vaccinated against rabies.