MERIDEN — A raccoon caught on Gypsy Lane tested positive for rabies on Tuesday.
The raccoon was caught on Saturday by an animal control officer after a resident reported it, Leah Crown, director of the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, said.
It is unclear why the resident reported the raccoon to authorities. Gypsy Lane is located near South Broad Street and Old Colony Road.
Per protocol, the animal was euthanized in order to be tested for rabies, Crown said.
The city received the positive results on Tuesday. There is no indication that anyone was bitten by the animal.
Rabies is a viral disease caused by an infection of the brain and spinal cord, and can be transmitted to people from the bite of an infected animal, according to the release.
The department advised residents not to feed or approach wild or stray animals and to keep pets up to date on vaccinations.
Residents are also advised to report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to the local health department.
This story has been updated by the city’s Department of Health and Human Services to reflect the correct location and date. A previous version of this article reported the raccoon was caught on Monday on Madison Avenue, as stated in a press release.