An attack by a rabid raccoon on a Maine family's golden retrievers could have had more tragic consequences were it not for their 12-year-old son's attendance at a 4-H safe shooting course. The animal had tangled with the dogs before scampering up a tree and then returned to carry on the fight. As other family members grabbed their dogs, quick-thinking Timothy Ahern put a stop to the melee by dispatching the raccoon with a .22-cal. rifle. Fortunately, the youngster placed his shot so the animal's brain could later be tested for rabies. Unfortunately, the family still had to undergo a series of anti-rabies shots as a precaution. That proved a wise decision when animal wardens later confirmed the raccoon had indeed been rabid.
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