New Canaan PSA: Make Sure Pets are Up-To-Date on Rabies Shots

New Canaan Animal Control issued a public service announcement Monday following the discovery on Friday of the third rabies case in town inside of a month.

Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt said Monday all pets should always be up-to-date on their vaccination shots, but cats are more of a concern than dogs because cats are not required by law to be vaccinated.

"According to the state, cats can harbor rabies for up to six months," Kleinschmitt said. "If a cat is already vaccinated, there's a 45-day, in-home quarantine. If the cat is not vaccinated, they'll have to be quarantined for three months at a veterinary office and then three months in-home."

Kleinschmitt warned pet owners to keep their pats safe by making sure their vaccinations are up to date. She said a one-year vaccination is safest, but there is also a three-year vaccination available.

Watch the video above for Kleinschmitt's advice.


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