Raccoon euthanized after biting officer, South Avondale to resume class Friday

Raccoon euthanized after biting officer, South Avondale to resume class Friday
South Avondale school officials said the large raccoon was found in the building early Wednesday. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati SPCA officer has to be tested for rabbies after being bitten by a raccoon that refused to leave a school.

South Avondale school officials said the large raccoon was found in the building early Wednesday.

The school was closed Thursday while the SPCA worked to remove the critter and the building was properly cleaned before students and staff return.

Officials say the animal bit Officer Dan Conners on the hand before they could euthanize it.

The raccoon was sent to the board of health in Columbus, Ohio for disease testing. Results are expected to be provided in 72 hours.

Conners was treated at the hospital and the SPCA says he is doing ‘fine.'

They aren’t sure how the raccoon entered the school.

School officials say classes will resume Friday.

Wednesday, students and staff reported to Rockdale Academy, their emergency backup location, Chief Communications and Engagement Officer Lauren Worley said.

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