Health officials in Delaware County are warning residents after a coyote bit a dog in Galena recently.
According to the Delaware General Health District, a Galena family noticed a coyote "sunning itself in their yard." The family dog was attacked by the coyote, which then escaped.
The dog was euthanized due to its rabies shots not being up to date.
Health officials said they wanted to alert the public about the importance of getting pets immunized against rabies.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that can spread to people and pets when the saliva from a rabid animal enters the body by way of a bite or a scratch, or through contact with the eyes, nose or mouth. It is widespread in Ohio, therefore the Delaware General Health District's registered sanitarians promptly and diligently investigate all possible exposures.
Animals which might have rabies are humanely euthanized for testing or quarantined until it is certain they do not have the disease.