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Advisory: Rabid Kitten Caught in Mount Pleasant

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – What looked like a normal kitten may actually have been harmful to the well-being of others. The kitten pictured above appears cute, but that's what the Westchester County Department of Health is worried about. The eight week old kitten was rabid.

The Westchester County Department of Health has issued an advisory to all residents after the rabid kitten was caught at the entrance of Saw Mill River Road and Route 100 south to Route 9A in Mount Pleasant.

The Deparment of Health is urging all those that may have come in contact with this cat to immediately contact them at (914) 813-5000 in order to receive rabies treatment.

The cat was a stray, domestic short-hair and black in color.

A passerby picked up the stray cat on Tuesday and brought it home before bringing it to veterinarian where a rabies test was conducted and confirmed.

The department of health advises that unusual behavior may be an early sign of rabies. Abnormal aggression or being unusually tame may mean that the animal is rabid. Bites, or contact with the saliva of a rabid animal should be treated immediately.

This continues a string of rabid animals in the area. On Sunday, a rabid skunk was captured in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Last month a rabid fox attacked several people in Briarcliff and a rabid skunk bit a gardener in Sleepy Hollow.

For more information, visit the Westchester Department of Health website or call the rabies info line at (914) 813-5010.

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