A rabid bobcat spotted in Littleton earlier this week has prompted area animal control centers to urge residents to vaccinate their pets, the Westford Patch reports.

Littleton police shot and killed the bobcat Wednesday after it attacked several farm animals on New Estate Road, Wicked Local Littleton reported.

Rabies is a viral disease typically transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. However, the spread of the disease is preventable through a vaccine. Raccoons are the most common source of rabies in Massachusetts, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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