A family dog in Houston tested positive for rabies after biting his two adult owners.

The victims were bitten while attempting to put the dog in a kennel and the animal became aggressive toward them. The dog was not leashed when outside, and the home has no fenced backyard, so it is not possible to determine how or when the animal got infected. Additionally, the dog was not up to date on its rabies vaccination. The animal was euthanized and tested for rabies, which returned a positive result. The two individuals bitten by the dog have begun treatment.

The dog was an adult, medium-sized male pit bull, red and tan with white markings.

Anyone in the Houston area who thinks they may have been bitten, scratched or come in contact with this dog should contact their health care provider or call the DPH Rabies Program at 744-4995.

Residents are encouraged to take precautions against rabies by avoiding wild and feral animals; ensuring pets are up-to-date with rabies shots; and keeping pets indoors or, while outside, supervising them on a leash.

For more, visit bit.ly/2prQ9YD or call 866-972-970 or 744-4995.