NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Release: The Niagara County Department of Health is notifyingthe public that a rabid cat (approximately 10-12 weeks old) hasbeen confirmed in the Town of Newfane on Gow Road.
The cat is reported to have been dropped off at 7347 Gow Road,and may be one of a litter of cats.
The cat is described as a grayish colored Himalayan or Siamese.It is very important to locate whoever dropped the cat off, theremaining cats of the litter, the mother, and anyone having contactwith these cats.
Further, it is important to alert the neighbors of this Gow Roadproperty to the fact that additional feral cats on this propertymay have contacted the rabid kitten and could also be infected.
Extreme caution is advised not to handle the animals to avoidpotential rabies exposure.
Anyone having contact with this cat within the past 2 weeks,and/or having any information about this cat should immediatelycontact the Niagara County Department of Health at 439-7444 8:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 439-7430 after hours.
Environmental Health Director James Devald and Rabies PreventionProgram Director Fabian Rosati caution that rabies is still presentin Niagara County.
Although rabies infection is found primarily in wildlife andbats, it is still possible for domestic animals to contractrabies.
The two public health officials stress that it is very importantto have your pets vaccinated against rabies.
The Niagara County Department of Health Division ofEnvironmental Health holds several free rabies vaccination clinicseach year for cats, dogs, and ferrets.
The division will hold the next clinic at the CornellCooperative Extension located at 4487 Lake Avenue, Town of Lockport14094 on September 18, 2010.
The residents of Niagara County are advised not to handle anystrange and/or sick acting animals, regardless of whether they arewildlife or domestic.
Anyone noting such an animal needs to report it to the localmunicipality and/or police agency to determine the best way tohandle the situation.
Individuals can also contact the Niagara County Department ofHealth Division of Environmental Health for technical assistance at439-7444 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or 439-7430 (after hours)
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