UPTON (CBS) – Some residents in Upton had their nerves rattled after a recent incident where a rabid bobcat attempted to attack a horse.

The town’s health department says the horse was in its stall in a heavily wooded area off Grove Street on March 15 when the attack happened.

Upton’s Animal Control Officer responded to the report, and according to a report in the Milford Daily News, killed the bobcat.

The animal later tested positive for rabies.

According to the report, the horse, which is elderly and blind, was not injured because the bobcat could not manage to get past the barn door. The barn door was reportedly covered with claw marks.

Upton’s DPH posted a statement on its website noting residents’ concerns and saying that while the incident sounds frightening, rabid animals are not a new problem in town.

They’re offering up information on how people can protect themselves.



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