Rome (WSYR-TV) – The Oneida County Health Department has issued a warning about rabid animals after a Rome girl and her pet were bitten by an unidentified animal.
The animal initially bit the child. It bit the dog when it came to the child’s defense. The dog managed to chase the animal away.
The animal was never recovered. The health department says that, based on the animal’s behavior, it was either a raccoon or a fox.
The health department suspects that the animal may have been rabid.
The girl is undergoing treatment as a precaution, the dog only needed a booster shot.
The health department warns that with the approach of warmer weather, encounters with animals can become more common.
They are warning homeowners to keep trash cans covered, avoid leaving pet food outside, and refrain from leaving pets unattended outside.
The department holds rabies clinics throughout the year. The next clinic is scheduled for Monday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Camden Firehouse on Church Street.
More information on rabies prevention is available on the health department’s website