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Coyote Attacks Delaware Co. Dog; Warning Issued

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio -

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.

  • If you are bitten by an animal, DGHD encourages you to take the following steps:
  • Immediately consult a physician.
  • Fill out and submit a Rabies Incident Bite Report form available at www.delawarehealth.org or by calling 740-368-1700.
  • If you have captured a bat in your home, this is considered an exposure and should be reported to the Health District.
  • Contact a DGHD Residential Services staff member to discuss the nature of the exposure. Any domesticated animal involved in a rabies exposure needs to be quarantined or tested for rabies. Wild animals are generally submitted for testing.

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