New Jersey Horse Quarantined after Bite from Rabid Raccoon

Master Hotspur, a 3-year-old Standardbred pacer, won't be hitting the track anytime soon--instead he'll be in precautionary quarantine for 45 days after being bitten on the muzzle by a raccoon that later tested positive for rabies, Asbury Park Press reported today.

The bite occurred in the horse's pasture Wednesday morning. The horse was immediately removed the pasture, and an animal control officer collected the raccoon, which was euthanatized by a veterinarian. Tests performed on the raccoon at a Department of Health and Senior Services laboratory in Trenton showed the animal had rabies.

The horse's owner told the paper the horse was vaccinated against rabies in July and received an additional booster following the bite.

Master Hotspur last raced a few weeks ago at Chester (Pa.) Downs and was training for an upcoming event at Meadowlands Racetrack. He will not train while in quarantine.

"He'll be a danger to nobody but my checkbook," the horse's owner told the Asbury Park Press. "(But) we're not going to worry about cost."

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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