BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A warning has been posted after a rabid cat was found in Baltimore City last week. Now the person who tried to rescue it is being treated for exposure to disease.
Andrea Fujii has more.
Along Kingston Road in West Baltimore, Animal Control says a rabid female cat was lying near the street.
“The cat was determined to be in the late stage, having seizures and being sickly,” said Kevin Usilton from Baltimore City Animal Control.
Thinking the cat was injured, a Good Samaritan tried to rescue it and took her to an animal hospital.
The cat was immediately euthanized and now the woman who tried to help is undergoing post exposure rabies vaccinations.
“She did have open wounds,” said Usilton. “The cat was bleeding and had saliva all over it.”
The last time a rabid cat was found in the city was 2008.
Since Jan. 1, Animal Control has found six bats and four raccoons with rabies…and now a cat.
The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter or BARCS takes in 12,000 strays each year, and says vaccinating pets is essential and required by law.
“It’s the best thing you can do for your pet to keep them healthy and safe,” said Debra Rahl, BARCS Animal Shelter.
The potentially deadly disease is transmitted by saliva. Animal Control cautions people who want to try to help.
“I think everyone who has a kind heart wants to stop along the side of the road and pick up stray animals,” said Usilton. “We just advise people to be very careful.”
BARCS holds a rabies vaccination clinic the first Saturday of every month. To learn more, click here.