A Greenville woman’s vacation at the beach turned into terror when she was attacked by a rabid raccoon.Barbara Ard is still recovering after being attacked by the wild animal on the first night of her vacation on Hilton Head Island a few weeks ago.Ard said it happened around midnight inside the resort community of Shipyard Plantation.”Hilton Head is a vacation beach resort, and when you go to a place like that, you don’t expect something like this to happen,” Ard said.Ard said she was unloading her car for the first night when she felt an animal bite the back of her leg.She said she immediately began shaking her leg to get it off, but it came back around and bit the front of her leg.She rushed to the hospital, where she ended up with 20 stitches.What really surprised Ard was the attack was unprovoked.Now, she is warning others with her story.”I want the public to be aware that this can happen,” she said. “I am thankful I wasn’t hurt worse than I was, but if you think about the damage I sustained on my leg, what that could’ve done to a child…or a pet. A pet would not have survived that, or an elderly person — it would have been horrible.”Ard had to receive rabies and tetanus shots, and she’s still being treated at a wound center in Greenville.She said she reported the attack to animal control in hopes that no one else gets hurt.”I love animals. It’s not fair either for them to be in this situation,” she said.According to the latest report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there have been 54 reported cases of rabies so far this year in the state.

A Greenville woman’s vacation at the beach turned into terror when she was attacked by a rabid raccoon.

Barbara Ard is still recovering after being attacked by the wild animal on the first night of her vacation on Hilton Head Island a few weeks ago.

Ard said it happened around midnight inside the resort community of Shipyard Plantation.

“Hilton Head is a vacation beach resort, and when you go to a place like that, you don’t expect something like this to happen,” Ard said.

Ard said she was unloading her car for the first night when she felt an animal bite the back of her leg.

She said she immediately began shaking her leg to get it off, but it came back around and bit the front of her leg.

She rushed to the hospital, where she ended up with 20 stitches.

What really surprised Ard was the attack was unprovoked.

Now, she is warning others with her story.

“I want the public to be aware that this can happen,” she said. “I am thankful I wasn’t hurt worse than I was, but if you think about the damage I sustained on my leg, what that could’ve done to a child…or a pet. A pet would not have survived that, or an elderly person — it would have been horrible.”

Ard had to receive rabies and tetanus shots, and she’s still being treated at a wound center in Greenville.

She said she reported the attack to animal control in hopes that no one else gets hurt.

“I love animals. It’s not fair either for them to be in this situation,” she said.

According to the latest report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there have been 54 reported cases of rabies so far this year in the state.

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