Friday, July 19, 2002
Confirmed case of rabies in Carlisle
There has been a confirmed case of an animal testing positive for rabies, in Carlisle. There have been attacks on domestic animals by suspected rabid wild animals. There are three missing three-month-old orange marmalade kittens, who were under quarantine for rabies. There have been numerous rabid animals in surrounding towns.
There has never been a case of a Massachusetts domestic animal, vaccinated against rabies, with all shots current and updated, coming down with rabies. Check and make sure your pets and domestic animals are up-to-date on their vaccines. Their lives could depend on it. Keep your pets confined at night. Keep wild animals away by having your pet sleep indoors or inside an animal-proof fence, like a chain link kennel. Invisible Fence, split rail or hot wire fences, dog tie-out chains, and the belief that your pet is "well-trained to stay on the property" will not protect your pet from other animals coming to them.
If you see the missing kittens, do not touch them. Call the Carlisle Police or animal inspector. Also call if your pet encounters, or is hurt by, a skunk, raccoon, fox, coyote, possum, bat or unusually aggressive domestic animal.
If you have questions, call Carlisle Animal Inspector Sally Lakness at 1-978-287-0109.
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