There is a growing concern in Rhode Island regarding a wild animal attacking people near Walmart in Westerly. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, three individuals have been recently bitten by an animal, and two of them admitted that they were attacked.
Health authorities found out that two employees and one customer were bitten Monday at 258 Post Road store, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. but they have not established the reason for the attack yet.
Officials first need to take active measures of precaution and identify the animal which might have been hungry, lost, confused, or rabid.
According to Joseph Wendelken from the Rhode Island Department of Health, even if the three persons did not seek medical assistance at first, one of them decided to receive a rabies vaccination just in case.
The authorities will not try to locate the animal because it is probably in the wild now, but they will make sure to prevent it from coming back and hurting anyone else.
Wendelken stressed that this event is highly unusual, but people may rest assured now because their safety comes first.
Health authorities are still trying to identify the third person who was attacked by the wild animal. However, the agency wishes all three of them to be safe and sound soon.
To prevent any other casualties, health officials and authorities strongly recommend the public to follow a simple set of rules in order to avoid getting infected with rabies.
First, residents must cover all trash cans to prevent wild animals from coming close to their houses.
Also, all animal bites should be reported to town animal and local city control offices to make sure that this situation does not escalate further. The sooner these incidents are reported, the better will be for authorities to tackle them.
Pet owners have to take care of their pets, especially dogs should be kept in fenced courtyards, walked on leashes, and they should never be left without supervision.
Plus, residents are strongly recommended to refrain themselves from feeding their pets outdoors because this might attract other animals as well.
Authorities stressed that feeding groups of cats on the street is also highly dangerous. Pet owners need to make sure that their ferrets, cats, and dogs are vaccinated against rabies as this procedure is part of the Rhode Island Law.
Walmart and all other places will be secured from now on by authorities, but people should do their best to avoid encouraging wild animals from approaching their homes. For additional information, call 401-272-5952 and 401-222-2577.
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