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This was in our paper this week, kinds scares me!

Rabid kitten bites Forest City woman

By JEAN GORDON wDaily Courier Staff Writer

FOREST CITY -- A 31-year-old woman is receiving treatment after she was bitten last Saturday by a stray cat which has tested postive for rabies.

Forest City Police Chief Randy Chapman said the stray cat wandered to the woman's home last Friday and the woman fed it.

On Saturday, she was bitten by the cat, said Rutherford County Animal Control Sgt. James Owens.

The cat was euthanized and its head was sent to Raleigh where it the North Carolina State Public Health lab confirmed the animal was rabid.

The woman began treatments the day of the bite and she will receive treatments for the next 28 days.

The cat was a smoky, blue-gray, long haired, four-to-five month-olds and was very thin, said Rutherford-Polk-McDowell Health Department nurse Helen White.

She said anyone in the vicinity of Arlington Street who came in contact with the cat from May 13 until the cat's demise on May 24, should contact her or their family physician. White can be reached at 287-1924 this weekend or at 287-6100 during regular weekday hours.

Area veterinarians have been notified of the rabies case and are expected to schedule a rabies clinic soon.

"Usually if you have a case like it, it is keener in the minds of people and they will get the cats and animals vaccinated," White said Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Owens said the number one problem in Rutherford County with the animals and rabies situation was "people don't want to have the animals vaccinated."

To help protect people against rabies, vaccination of dogs and cats is required by law in North Carolina.

Forest City Police Chief Randy Chapman said, "A lot of people have big hearts for animals and they are good pets," but he urged residents to leave the stray animals alone resist the temptation to feed them.

Chapman said the town has had numerous instances recently of raccoons, cats, dogs, possums, skunks, chipmunks, and other animals wandering into the yards of people and people feeding them.

"If you fed the animals -- throwing out chicken bones, chicken legs, and bread to wild animals -- they will come back. And if you feed the stray cats and stray dogs, all of a sudden, there isn't one stray dog, there are a half dozen," he said. "It's the same way with cats. To keep these calls down, just don't feed any of them. Then you will not be bothered and we will not be bothered and the chances of rabies will drop. When you put the food out there, you are asking for trouble."

Chapman recalled a time some months ago when people started feeding skunks.

"It was a serious problem," he said. "It developed over a month and it took more than a month to get rid of them."

The rabid cat is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Forest City in recent history, Chapman said.

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That's scary...... Best to follow that advice !!!!!
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