Rabid raccoon attacks grandfather in Brunswick

Posted Aug. 19, 2010, at 9:52 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — It sounds like a scene from a b-grade horror movie: Richard Rush and his ex-wife sat on his deck watching their grandchildren splash in the pool before the idyllic scene was shattered.

Rush says he was attacked Monday by a raccoon that climbed the stairs to get at him, biting his leg and his hand as the startled 8- and 10-year-olds watched from the pool.

After killing the animal, Rush tells the Times Record he’s sore both from his wounds and from the shots he’s having to endure after the animal tested positive for rabies.

Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson warned neighbors that if one animal is rabid, then there are probably other rabid animals as well.

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