On August 21, 2012, the department investigated a report of a cat bite on Acorn Court, a dead end street in the downtown area. Upon testing the cat, it was determined that the cat had rabies. This information was passed along to the resident that was bitten so arrangements could be made for follow-up medical treatment. Additionally, the department continued to investigate to determine if any other animals or people had been exposed.
During the follow-up investigation, the department’s Animal Control Officer Kate Koval learned that other numerous cats lived in and around the same residence possibly exposing other cats to the rabies virus. A check of a nearby garage revealed at least 6 cats that were in varying degrees of health. Those cats were captured, euthanized and sent to the state lab to be tested.
The department is working in conjunction with the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services to test any animals that are confiscated.
The ACO is working with residents in that area to insure that the remaining cats are quarantined and examined by a veterinarian to exclude the possibility that they may have contracted rabies. However, according to residents there are a large number of stray cats in that area.
With additional traps provided by Cocheco Valley Humane Society, the department is trapping cats in the area. In order to prevent the spread of rabies, the department will be euthanizing stray cats that are trapped. While the trapping occurs for the next several days, residents in the area of Acorn Court should keep their cats inside or insure that the cat has a collar on that contains the owner‘s information.
If a cat is found that has a collar on, we will check to see if it has a micro-chip and, if we are not able to locate an owner, transport it and house it at the Cocheco Valley Humane Society for 3 days. During that period, photos of any cats that we don’t believe are strays will be placed on the department’s Facebook page so it may be returned to its owner. After 3 days, if the cat is not reclaimed, it will be euthanized.
More information about rabies can be found on the NH DHHS website at: