West Springfield Health Department warning pet owners about rabid raccoon

All domestic pets are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pet owners in West Springfield are being warned about a raccoon in their town that has tested positive for rabies.

According to the West Springfield Health Department, the raccoon may have had contact with a dog in the Forris Street area on November 17.

The health department is reminding all pet owners in that area to make sure their pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. All domestic pets are required by law to be vaccinated.

Any human who has had contact with a raccoon in the Forris Street area on or before November 17, should contact their doctor to see if any treatment is necessary.

In October, the health department warned residents about a rabid bat in West Springfield that may have come in contact with a cat.

Anyone looking for more information can contact the West Springfield Health Department at 413-262-3206.

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