Rabid raccoon attacks woman in Woodbridge, taken to Woodbridge Animal Control

A woman in Woodbridge was attacked Tuesday by a rabid raccoon. The raccoon was then taken to the Woodbridge Animal Control on Bradley Road.

Authorities say it is unusual for a rabid animal to attack.

Authorities say it is unusual for a rabid animal to attack. (9/3/13)

WOODBRIDGE - A woman in Woodbridge was attacked Tuesday by a rabid raccoon.

The raccoon was then taken to the Woodbridge Animal Control on Bradley Road.

Authorities say residents should not be worried, as it is unusual for a rabid animal to attack anyone indoors or outdoors.

Linda Russell, the woman who was attacked, managed to lock the raccoon in her bathroom. She says she couldn't believe the animal went after her.

Russell said the raccoon ran into the home and bit her once in the leg and once in the finger, but she was able to fight it off with a hammer.

Russell says she is now getting rabies shots and is just thankful no one else was hurt.

Authorities are urging residents to ensure that their pet's rabies vaccinations are up to date.

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