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Stray kitten in East Haven tests positive for rabies

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East Haven officials warned residents on Monday that a stray kitten tested positive for rabies recently.

The kitten was found on July 9 in the area of North High Street and Mill Street.

The East Shore District Health Department said while it believes this is an isolated incident, residents should be made aware as a precaution.

Officials from the health department said interactions with wild animals and pets are more common, “therefore, all residents should take safety measures to protect themselves, their families and their pets.”

Al Merola has a dog named Sassy and lives just steps away from where the kitten was found.

"It's a little worrisome. I think about my dog. I don't want him to be attacked by anything," Merola said.

Heather Archambault also lives near where the rabid cat was seen roaming. She said she is concerned because her three young children play in the front yard.

"It's scary, very scary," she said.

Anyone who may have seen stray kittens or cats in the area should contact ESDHD at (203)481-4233 or the East Haven Animal Control Officer at (203)468-3249.

Here are simple precautions that you can take:

  • Vaccinate your pets. Be sure your pet dogs, cats and ferrets as well as horses and valuable livestock animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors and allowed outside only under direct observation.
  • Keep family pets indoors at night. Don't leave them outside unattended or let them roam free.
  • Don't attract wild animals to your home or yard. Keep your property free of stored bird seed or other foods that may attract wild animals. Feed pets indoors. Tightly cap or put away garbage cans.
  • Don't feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or cats. Enjoy wildlife from a distance. If you see an animal that is sick, injured or orphaned, call an animal control officer or a wildlife rehabilitator. Do not handle the animal yourself!
  • Get wild animals removed from your home. If nuisance wild animals are living in parts of your home, consult with a nuisance wildlife control expert about having them removed.
  • Teach children not to touch any animal they do not know and to tell an adult immediately if they are bitten by any animal.
  • Let wild animals wander away if they are on your property.  Bring children and pets indoors and alert neighbors who are outside.
  • Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to your local health department. If possible, do not let any animal escape that has possibly exposed someone to rabies.
  • In the event that you are bitten by an animal wash the wound immediately and contact your healthcare provider.

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