As the owner of a small dog, it's one of my worst nightmares. Just the thought of a rabid animal attacking you, or your little guy, is unimaginable. It unfortunately actually happened this past Monday, January 4, 2021 in Southbury.

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According to the Southbury Animal Control, the town is experiencing an increase in confirmed rabid wildlife, and a dog and its two owners were attacked by a Bobcat in the Purchase area of town. The statement goes on to say that the Bobcat is dead, and did test positive for rabies. Officers say that this is a rare, and isolated incident, but it's important for the public to be aware.

According to the post, the dog that was attacked by the Bobcat was luckily up to date on it's Rabies vaccinations, and the dog's owners have started their own vaccination series. Good thing, because basically the poor little pooch is under "house arrest", a strict 45 day confinement. If the dog had not been rabies vaccinated, it might have faced a 6 month quarantine at best. At worst? Mandated euthanasia due to the risk rabies poses to the public.

Southbury Animal Control is asking pet owners to make sure that your pet is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. Also, supervise your pet when it's outdoors, don't leave them unattended. Also, if you're planning on walking or hiking around town, take someone with you, and carry an air horn to try and deter wildlife. If you see any suspicious wildlife, stay clear, but if you do have contact, call Southbury Animal Control at 203-262-0613.

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