Pony put down after testing positive for rabies

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LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A pony collected from Lincoln last week has tested positive for rabies, state officials confirmed Tuesday.

According to the Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management, the pony was picked up in the area of Sherman Avenue and was euthanized Friday after the tests came back positive.

The health department is now working to identify and evaluate anyone that had contact with the pony to determine it post-exposure treatment is needed. If you or someone you know may have come into contact with the animal, contact the department at (401) 222-5960.

Rabies is typically contracted after a mammal is bitten by an infected animal.

All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by state law to be vaccinated against rabies, while horses, ponies and other livestock are not unless they have contact with the public. Officials said the pony was not vaccinated against rabies.

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