HOUSTON, Del. — Public health officials say a pit bull in central Delaware tested positive for rabies after biting its two adult owners.

Official said Tuesday that the animal was not leashed when outside, and that the home in Houston has no fenced backyard, so it is not possible to determine how or when the animal became infected.

Authorities say the dog, which also did not have a current rabies vaccination, was a medium-sized adult male, red and tan with white markings.

Officials are advising anyone in the Houston area who thinks they might have come in contact with the rabid dog should immediately contact a doctor or call the Division of Public Health’s Rabies Program.

Anyone with a pet that may have been bitten by the dog should call a veterinarian.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.