Animal Control Issues Warning Following Coyote Attack in Southbury
Southbury sure seems to have an aggressive Coyote population.
I wrote an article back in February 2021 after the Southbury Animal Control Office issues a warning after multiple Coyote attacks on dogs were reported on January 31, 2021 in the Bucks Hill Road/Dublin Road area of town.
At the time, it was mating season for Coyotes, where they tend to be very territorial and aggressive. The Southbury Coyotes were quiet for the past few months, but just yesterday, Tuesday July 21, 2021, another incident took place in a different part of town.
According to a warning issued from Southbury Animal Control on their social media, there were multiple attempted Coyote attacks in the Platt Park/Traditions area of Southbury. The park is behind the lower end of Main Street South on the other side of the woods, behind Riverview Cinemas, the Southbury Post Office, all the way down to the Urgent Care and Sacred Heart Church.
During yesterday's attack, one dog was injured by a coyote. The dog was brought to a local veterinarian where it was treated and was given a Rabies vaccine booster. Unfortunately, there are strict protocols that must be followed in the event that Rabies could have possibly been transmitted.
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The dog that was injured during the attack must be quarantined for a minimum of 45 days, in which the poor dog must be monitored for any symptoms of Rabies. If the dog had not had its Rabies vaccination and had been bitten? It's subject to a 6 month confinement at minimum and possibly would have faced mandated euthanasia.
Some of the common symptoms of Rabies are unprovoked aggression, instability while walking and excess foaming or drooling from their mouths. Please be aware of your surroundings while you're outside, and if you do encounter a Coyote, stay away.
If you have an unfortunate encounter like what happened yesterday, contact your healthcare provider, vet, and Southbury Animal Control at 203-262-0613.