A pet dog has tested positive for rabies for the first time in 9 years in Maine. State epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears said the dog was reported to animal control in Kennebec County after becoming aggressive and biting it's owner. The owner was treated for rabies exposure.

Some things pet owners should do to battle rabies include getting them vaccinated, getting them indoors and walking them on a leash. Do not feed wild animals and warn your children to stay away from stray animals.

So far this year, 72 animals in the state have tested positive for rabies, including two cats.

For more information about rabies in Maine visit the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.