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Southbury Animal Control confirms bobcat involved in attack had rabies

The Town of Southbury has experienced an uptick in confirmed rabid wildlife. 

Animal Control officials have confirmed that the bobcat attack on a pet and her two owners last week tested positive for Rabies. The dog was up to date on her Rabies vaccinations and the owners began their Rabies vaccination series.

The dog has been placed on a 45 day strict confinement and should make a recovery. If the pet had not had a Rabies vaccination, she may have been placed on a six month quarantine, or even been subject to mandated euthanasia as Rabies virus poses a public health and safety issue. 

Animal Control asks owners to make certain that all pets, indoor and outdoor, are up to date with their rabies vaccinations. Some common symptoms of rabies can be unprovoked aggression, difficulty walking, and excess salivation.

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