A courageous pup named Olive was the goal of a harmful raccoon assault simply exterior of her Lake County, Florida, residence this previous Friday.
Olive was out on a stroll along with her eleven-year-old finest buddy, Sawyer, when the pair got here throughout a fairly giant raccoon who was as much as no good. Olive was the primary to see the raccoon and instantly alerted Sawyer to its presence.
“A raccoon simply got here out of nowhere and Olive noticed it and he or she charged in direction of it and he or she began barking,” says proprietor Sawyer Inman of the incident.
Olive approached the wild animal making an attempt to scare it away from Sawyer. The raccoon, nonetheless, was not going to be scared off simply. It instantly bit Olive, and he or she started yelping loudly.
Sawyer was scared that Olive might have been critically injured by this altercation and knew he needed to intervene. He picked up a close-by empty glass bottle and commenced hitting the raccoon repeatedly till it handed out, not capable of harm Olive.
Nonetheless, Olive was not the one one injured on this harmful scenario. As soon as his adrenaline got here to a screeching halt, Sawyer realized that he, too, had been bitten by the raccoon.
After making certain that Olive’s accidents have been solely minor, Sawyer started strolling again to his home with the harmful creature, now unconscious, in tow.
As soon as the trio had arrived at their vacation spot, Sawyer known as his mom, Christina, telling her that “one thing actually unhealthy” had occurred.
Sawyer’s mom rushed residence instantly and took Sawyer to the closest emergency room to have his battle wounds examined. The medical doctors administered a sequence of injections to stop rabies. Little doubt, all of the whereas praising the younger man’s heroics.
Olive’s accidents have been minor, and he or she has since made a full restoration. Fortunately, Olive was up-to-date on her vaccinations on the time of the assault. Rabies illness has a 100% fatality price, and there’s no therapy for animals who’ve been contaminated.
Sawyer’s remedies and Olive’s vaccine standing on the time of the incident will shield their lives ought to the raccoon have been carrying any harmful ailments.
Because the incident, the Inman household has devoted their time to spreading the phrase in regards to the presence of harmful wildlife within the space surrounding their houses. They’re urging county officers to launch a Rabies Alert for all of Lake County in order that others don’t get harm.
“The (neighborhood) children stroll the animals on a regular basis out right here by themselves,” says Inman, “I wouldn’t have thought of it. So it’s tremendous scary.”
The raccoon was taken into the custody of the county well being division and is at the moment being examined for potential illness. The outcomes of this testing will decide whether or not or not Sawyer would require further remedies, although he’s anticipated to make a full restoration.
For now, Sawyer and Olive are taking time to relaxation and are having fun with the eye they’ve acquired as Lake County’s newest native heroes.