2nd Dead Tiverton, RI Cow Tests Negative For Rabies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Testing of the remains of a second calf housed near a popular ice cream stand in Tiverton has confirmed that it did not have rabies.

Rhode Island departments of health and environmental management announced the results of the necropsy on Saturday. The results came two days after authorities urged people who might have had contact with the first calf that died — a 3-month-old black and white calf named Oreo — to contact health officials because the animal may have had rabies.

Local animal officials did not notify the state for three days following the death of the first animal, and by that time the remains were too decomposed to test for rabies. The animal was quarantined after biting a Massachusetts resident on July 15.

The calves lived in a pasture next to Gray’s, a popular ice cream shop.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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