CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A man attacked by a rabid raccoon has to undergo thousands of dollars worth of painful rabies treatment. He tells WINK News, the raccoon charged at him from a vacant, abandoned house on Southwest 25th Court in Cape Coral and he's been asking the city to take care of that property for years!
"She scratched the daylights out of my arms, and now I am going to have to go through rabies treatment because of it," said Thomas Flanary.
Thomas Flanary reached out to WINK News in an emotional call for help. On Thursday, he was viciously attacked by a rabid raccoon. The cuts and bites clearly visible on his arms.
"This raccoon attacked us, it was terrifying, I'm sorry."
Thomas said he immediately went into survival mode and used his cane to fight off the raccoon. He feared his dog would become the raccoons next victim.
"As you can see she is my love, she is my little girl," said Flanary.
Thomas was bitten several times and he has to undergo preventative rabies treatment. So far, he's gone through one session.
"They are so painful, I have to go through them again."
He says the raccoon came out of the bushes that borders a vacant, abandoned house. He said he's been complaining to the City of Cape Coral about this house since 2005. After the attack, Thomas claims the city said he would have to pay to trap the wild animal. The city tells WINK News this is an issue they can't handle.
"I don't want to pay for it, I can't pay for it. I want the raccoon trapped."
Thomas has an extensive list of medical problems, which basically keeps him confined to his house, and he has little to no help to get to and from the doctors. He tells WINK News, now, more than ever, he feels like a prisoner in his own home.
"I am upset, I will never be able to recover."
As far as the raccoon and Thomas' injuries go, the health department says there is no law saying they have to trap these animals. It is up to an individual to choose to pay a trapper to get rid of the animal.