The Town of Groton Police Department is warning residents to use caution around wild and stray animals after a dog tested positive for rabies.
Police said the dog was from the Midway Oval area and tested positive for rabies Wednesday.
Rabies is a deadly disease that can infect animals and people. It is mostly spread by wild animals, but stray cats and dogs can also spread the disease. It is carried in the saliva and can be spread through bites or scratches, or when infected saliva comes into contact with open wounds, breaks in the skin, or areas like your eyes, nose or mouth.
Pet owners can protect their pets by making sure rabies vaccines are up to date. If you are concerned you may have come into contact with the rabies virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing the wounds and contacting a doctor immediately.
Police ask the public to refrain from feeding or approaching stray or wild animals. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Ledge Light Health District at 448-4882 ext. 1311 or the Animal Control Officer at 860-441-6709.