Coyote warning issued in Southbury after several dog attacks
SOUTHBURY, CT – Coyotes attempted to attack several dogs and their owners in Southbury on Tuesday, prompting the town’s Animal Control Department to issue a warning for residents to be on the lookout to avoid such met.
“Unfortunately, on Tuesday 7/20/21 there were several attempted coyote attacks against dogs and their owners in the Platt Park / Traditions area,” officials wrote in an email to residents. “A dog was successfully attacked by a coyote and was seen by a vet for injuries and a rabies vaccination booster. Southbury Animal Control has a strict rabies protocol to be followed when encounters with wild animals take place. For this reason, Southbury Animal Control would like to urge all pet owners to immediately report encounters with wild animals.
The dog that was attacked was placed in strict confinement for 45 days and will be monitored for any symptoms of rabies, but had the animal not been vaccinated against rabies it could have been placed in a six-month quarantine, officials said.
The animal may also have been subjected to compulsory euthanasia, as the rabies virus poses a public health and safety concern.
Some common symptoms of rabies include:
- Unprovoked aggression
- Difficulty walking
- excess salivation
“It is a reminder of the importance of pet vaccination,” officials said. Animal Control asks owners to ensure that all pets, indoors and outdoors, are up to date with their rabies vaccinations. Animal Control would like to remind pet owners to watch out for their pets and to be careful not to leave them unattended when they are outside, especially at night. “
Southbury’s Animal Control Department urges anyone who has been in contact with wildlife (or if their pet has had an encounter) to call the department at 203-262-0613. Also follow up with a healthcare professional and / or veterinarian.