A rabid bobcat was killed in Connecticut after attacking a family and their pet, officials said.
Southbury Animal Control said that on Monday, Jan. 4, a bobcat attacked a dog and her two owners in the Purchase area, prompting one of the owners to kill it before it could do damage to the pet.
One of the owners was able to slam the bobcat to the ground before beating it with a fireplace log, according to reports. He suffered injuries to his arm, while the woman sustained injuries to her head and shoulders and the dog was treated for minor injuries.
Following the attack, the bobcat tested positive for rabies, prompting officials to take emergency measures.
Officials noted that the dog was up to date on her rabies vaccinations, and the owners have already started their rabies vaccination series. The dog was placed in a 45-day strict quarantine, though it could have been a mandatory six-month quarantine or possible euthanasia if it wasn’t up to date with her shots.
According to Southbury Animal Control, symptoms of rabies include unprovoked aggression, difficulty walking, and excess salivation.
“Rabies virus poses a public health and safety issue,” officials said. “This serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccinations for pets. Animal Control asks owners to make certain that all pets, indoor and outdoor, are up to date with their rabies vaccinations.
“Animal Control would like to remind pet owners to supervise their pets and to be cautious of leaving them unattended while outdoors,” they added. “While walking outside or hiking, it is recommended to have a second person accompanying you and to carry an air horn.”
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