PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Palmer Regional Animal Control and Care has confirmed a case of rabies in Hampden County.
According to their Facebook page, Animal Control said a fox that attacked a man on Forest Lake Road in Palmer tested positive for rabies. They said it’s the second animal in a month that has tested positive for the viral disease. The first was a baby raccoon in Bondsville.
22News went to Forest Lake Rd to see if neighbors there were concerned.
Kay Spinks of Palmer told 22News, “We’ve seen fox around, we had a couple in our backyard just the other day, but don’t see a problem with it, unless you happen to corner them, then obviously you’re going to have a problem.”
Palmer Animal Control is asking residents not to feed cats or dogs outside and to make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines. They also ask that you not feed wild animals and to secure your trash.