MATTHEWS, NC — Matthews Police have issued a warning to residents after a 6-month-old kitten reportedly bit two people, and then tested positive for rabies.
Police say they were called to the Novant Medical Center on Matthews Township Parkway around 3:24 a.m. on July 5th in reference to two people being bitten by an aggressive cat.
CMPD Animal Care & Control officers quickly located the 6-month-old feline and submitted it for rabies testing. Officials say those results came back positive.
Police are now advising anyone who may have come in contact with the kitten to please contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department immediately at 704-614-6512 or 704-589-3242 due to possible rabies exposure.
Officials say the kitten was grey, medium sized, and located in the area of Novant-Matthews Medical Center between the dates of July 1st and July 5th. Anyone who may have pet or been bitten, licked, scratched or taken a kitten home from this area should contact the MCHD.
Residents are reminded that NC law requires all owned dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated by four months of age.
AC&C offers a free monthly clinic for Mecklenburg County residents to have their pets inoculated against rabies. This clinic takes place the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the animal shelter located at 8315 Byrum Dr. Charlotte, N.C. 28217. $10 Microchips and free pet I.D. tags are also provided at this clinic.
For more information on how to prevent rabies exposure, as well as what to look for, click HERE.