A raccoon caught Tuesday near the Kohler plant has tested positive for rabies, Brownwood police said.

According to an email from Brownwood police:

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., Animal Control received a phone call from the owner of Andy’s Pest Troopers on West Commerce regarding a possible rabid animal. It was explained that a raccoon was caught at the Kohler plant and the caller was concerned that the raccoon was rabid.  After a conversation and assessment of the animal, it was believed that it was safe to release into the wild.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. the same day, Animal Control received another call from the company. It was explained that the animal’s behavior had drastically changed and it appeared to be sick and dying. Given the grave condition of the animal, Animal Control took possession of the male raccoon and put him down.

Contact was then made with the Small Animal Clinic, where the animal was processed and sent to Austin for rabies testing.

 It is important to remind all citizens of the dangers of interacting with animals that are exhibiting odd behavior or signs of sickness, police said. If you are concerned about an animal you encounter, contact the Animal Control Office at the Brownwood Police Department.