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Rabid cat found in Cumberland County; family exposed to virus

Posted December 17, 2014

— Cumberland County officials are urging residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated after a stray cat that was taken in by a family in Wade tested positive for rabies.

The sick cat showed up Saturday at a home on Hayfield Drive, off Wade-Stedman Road, where the family’s two dogs tried to attack it. One of the residents tried to intervene and was bitten by one of the dogs, officials said Wednesday.

The residents of the home cared for the cat until Monday, when they took the cat to a veterinarian who determined the animal showed signs of rabies.
Animal Control picked up the cat for testing. The two dogs and other pets in the household had current rabies vaccinations.

The family was advised to seek medical treatment, officials said.

The cat is the 12th case of rabies in the county this year.

Animal control officials caution residents to avoid wild animals or strays that exhibit strange or aggressive behavior. Any pet that appears to have been in a fight should be handled with caution and taken to a veterinarian.

Anyone who thinks they have encountered a rabid animal should call a local Animal Control office during business hours or the sheriff’s office on weekends and holidays.


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  • pirategirl342 Dec 17, 2014

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    Agreed. When I adopted my furrybabies, it was for life...I promised to care for them...this includes making sure they are safe.

  • Geez Louise Dec 17, 2014

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    --And some people might not understand people who keep their pets imprisoned all day.

  • Carrboro-resident Dec 17, 2014

    A great reminder to spay and neuter your pets to prevent unwanted litters of cats and dogs.

  • babylaceycarpenter Dec 17, 2014

    I have never understood people who will let their pets outside, yet have no fence. They have no clue what those pets are doing. They are effectively renting that pet for only the times they want that pet. When I leave, my dog is inside. When I am home, she is at my feet constantly. When she needs to do her thing, I pull out the leash and take her for a walk. We then go back inside. I know what other animals and people she is subjected to.

  • mypoint Dec 17, 2014

    My husband and I just got these shots. If you are exposed it's approx. $340 per shot for a series of five shots.

  • k9sandQtrs Dec 17, 2014

    reminder that exposed pets that have been vaccinated need a booster within 72 hrs!

  • Malakai Bluebone Dec 17, 2014
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    Got bit by a rabid cat a few years ago, not a pleasant time this family is in for. Unless they have a Health department nearby that can provide the shots they will have to go check in at an emergency room for the shots. Then go back the 3rd, 7th, 14th, and 28th days after for a shot in the arm.
    The initial shots are done in the bum now, and the first shot is around $5000. Too expensive for minute clinics to keep around.

  • USMC Vet Dec 17, 2014

    Poor cat!!!
    And now there'll be a witch hunt on ferals and strays there. Poor things!!!