Rabid raccoon attacks woman and her two dogs on Radnor Township trail

RADNOR, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A 4-year-old golden retriever is tougher than he looks. Ranger is a lover, not a fighter, but he springs into action to save his family from a vicious raccoon attack.

“He was moving so fast and headed towards Venus and I because Ranger was in the water,” recalled Amanda Bernard from Devon.

Bernard was taking her usual walk with her two dogs, Ranger and Venus, through The Willows in Radnor on Monday night when she said a rabid raccoon had attacked Venus and bitten the Jack Russell Terrier in the leg.

Ranger managed to scare the animal enough to retreat.

“When I saw the raccoon back away and I had Venus, I thought, okay, we’re safe. That’s done. And when the raccoon came back, I was scared like I haven’t been scared in a very long time. ‘ remembered Bernard. “It was attached to his head and nose and made this horrible screeching noise.”

Ranger fought back and suffered some scratches, but Bernard says he saved Venus’ life.

Luckily, the dogs were up to date on their vaccinations but are under a 45-day quarantine in case they go rabid.

Bernard was not injured and received a number of shots as a precaution. She had to cancel a trip to Europe because of exposure to rabies.

“I know the community went out the next day to see if they could find the raccoon. They didn’t find him,” Bernard said.

Action News found many people walking their dogs along the same trail, many of whom say they are going in cautiously because they know the rabid raccoon could still be out there.

“This is incredibly worrying,” said Sarah Chang of Villanova.

“There’s always a chance there’s something out there in the woods,” said Bryan Mawr’s Brent Jones.

Action News is told the raccoon is likely dead. Bernard’s vet says he suffered from late-stage rabies as a result of the raccoon’s behavior and will die within 48 hours.

Bernard says she’s worried about another possible attack.

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