Stay Away From Wild Animals: Health Unit

July 7, 2014

Huron County, ON – The Huron County Health Unit is reminding the public to avoid contact with any wild animals. The health unit has noticed an increase in incidents involving good Samaritans and wild animals in distress.

Public Health Inspector Patrick Landry says some people have been bitten when they have tried to help a sick or injured animal. “There is always the risk of rabies when anyone comes in contact with a wild animal.”

Rabies is a viral disease that is fatal to humans. It is passed to humans from saliva of infected animals. Pet owners are required by law to have all cats and dogs over three months of age immunized against rabies.

Landry says avoid feeding wild animals because it can attract them to your home. “It is also important to teach children to stay away from any animal they do not know. If you see a baby animal that appears to be orphaned, leave it alone. Chances are its mother is nearby. The possible danger to you or your child outweighs the good you might do for the animal. Notify the nearest animal control office instead.”

For more information, contact your local veterinary clinic or the Huron County Health Unit at (519) 482-3416 or toll-free 1-877-837-6143.


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Our media contact is: Sharon Brown, Huron County Health Unit, 519-482-3416 or toll-free 1-877-837-6143 ext. 2224

Our spokesperson is: Patrick Landry, Public Health Inspector


For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)