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Otter, possibly rabid, attacks two in Boca Raton

WEST BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Two people are undergoing rabies vaccine treatment as a precaution after they were attacked by a frenzied otter. The attacks have been happening since Thursday in West Boca Raton at the Boca Chase Development north of Yamato, West of 441.

A Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officer is checking traps hoping to catch an elusive animal. The officer is also handing out flyers, as well, to residents because they could be in danger.

A man and woman were bitten in separate incidents Saturday on the leg or thigh area and are being monitored by the Palm Beach County Health Department as they take rabies vaccine treatments.

On Thursday, Chester the friendly golden retriever, was also attacked while inside the screened porch of his family's home on Lakeaire circle. "Chester had a bit of bloody nose, scratched or bitten on his snout. The otter had attacked him through the screen. My wife tried to pull Chester out of the way," said the dog's owner Greg Butler.

The crazed otter came back the next day making a beeline for the dog. "The otter saw him and swam over. We had just enough time to get back in the porch," he said.

Chester was up to date on his rabies vaccine, but will have to be quarantined at home for 45 days.

Animal Care and Control suspects the animal has rabies because of his aggressive behavior, but won't be able to tell for sure until they catch him.

For now everyone -- humans and animals alike -- are being careful about where they walk.

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