Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Urgent: Rabies emergency

We will be posting a breaking news in the next few minutes about a serious rabies problem in Cleveland County.

There is a missing black kitten with white paws and a white triangle under its neck which was given away in August at a yard sale at 855. E. Stagecoach Trail.

The man who bought the cat said he lived 5 miles east of that location and that he bought the cat for his brother's farm.

The cat's name was Socks.

Today, it was confirmed that one of Socks' siblings had rabies and has exposed at least 14 people.

The Health Department is urgently trying to locate Socks for fear that it has rabies and other humans or animals have been exposed.

If you know ANYTHING about this situation, please call the Health Department (484-5200), the Animal Shelter (481-9884) or county communications (484-4822).

And please pass along this message to as many people as you can.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That cat was probably put out at some barn with no vaccinations.
I see too many people show too much disregard for animal responsibility in this county. Animals run free in the county. People do not spay or neuter their pets and often buy vaccines at the farm supply store, if they do that much. Rabies vaccine cannot be purchased at the farm supply store.
Barn cats perform duties to rid the barn of mice. Let us reward them with good health and vaccinations, please! Our pets are with us for a reason. Please show them the respect of vaccinations, spaying and neutering if you do not breed, and please make sure your animal is not running the roads. If you REALLY loved your pets, you would not want them to get hit by a car.

Do you love your children? Would you want your child to dodge someone's dog in the road and over-correct hitting a telephone pole? Would you risk your child by exposing them to your family pet with no vaccinations?

If animals had a choice, they would choose a healthy life. Since they don't, the people responsible for them should at least do that much for man's best friend or furry companion.