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2 bitten by raccoon in downtown Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - Two residents of downtown Sacramento have been urged to undergo rabies shots after they were attacked by a raccoon within the past week.

Laurie Slothower, spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Public Health Division, said the attacks were near P and 9th streets and P and 4th streets. The residents were walking their dogs.

"I've seen raccoons in the area before, but that's really alarming," said one woman walking her dog by 9th and P Street.

"I thought they were very timid critters," said Sacramento resident Virginia King who was out walking her dog. "But apparently they weren't. And we walk around this area all the time."

"I see raccoons here," Ruben Jimenez, who works in Downtown, Sacramento said. "Particularly as you get closer to the river, you'll see some raccoons."

The raccoon or raccoons haven't been found.

Public health officials recommend residents do not leave pet food outdoors and not feed stray or wild animals.

Slothower said raccoon attacks are rare in the affected area.

Last week, a rabid skunk was caught in the Westfield Downtown Plaza city parking garage at 4th and J streets.