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Rabid Mt. Kisco Cat Prompts Health Dept. to Issue Alert Regarding

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The Westchester County Department of Health issued a rabies alert on June 28 to residents who may have had contact with a rabid stray cat in Mount Kisco in the vicinity of 225 Kisco Ave. on or before Monday, June 25. The health department used robo-calls to notify residents who live within a half-mile of the area where the cat was found.

The cat was a small female one-year-old grey tabby with black stripes and a white belly and paws. It smelled of skunk and had been attacking tires in an auto dealer’s parking lot before it was captured.

“When you see a stray or wild animal acting strangely, it’s best to avoid contact with the animal and alert local authorities to avoid possible exposure to rabies,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler. “Luckily, this cat was captured without having exposed anyone to rabies that we are aware of at this point.”

Anyone who believes that they or a pet may have had contact with the rabid cat should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at 914-813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment. Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly passive and lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted.

Direct contact with wild or stray animals, even baby animals, is inadvisable. Residents are also reminded not to feed wild or stray animals to avoid bringing rabies to their doorstep. Parents should teach children not to touch unfamiliar animals and to immediately tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Any physical contact with a wild or unfamiliar animal should be reported to a health care provider. All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000, 24 hours a day.

Keeping pet rabies vaccinations up to date is also important for protection against rabies. New York State law requires dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies and receive regular booster shots. For more information, go to or call the Rabies Infoline at 914-813-5010.


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