The Oswego County Health Department issued a warning that two adults and a pet dog were recently attacked by a rabid cat on DeMass Road near the Durham Bus Garage in Minetto.
The small black female cat was captured and euthanized, and test results showed it was infected with the rabies virus. The dog, which had not been vaccinated for rabies, will need to be quarantined for six months or euthanized, in accordance with New York State Public Health Law.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang cautions people to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations up-to-date and to be alert for animals showing symptoms of rabies.
“This is the second rabid animal confirmed in Oswego County in a little over a week, and the sixth rabid animal confirmed this year in Oswego County,” said Huang. “It is imperative that people keep their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated against rabies. The virus has been found in several towns across Oswego County and in our neighboring counties this summer.”
Any time a person or pet is bitten by a domestic or wild animal, and any time that a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to your local County Health Department.
Animals with rabies may show changes in behavior such as being unusually tame or aggressive, varying degrees of paralysis, impaired mobility, have excessive drooling, or seizures.
Clinics will be held at these locations during the summer and fall:
- Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill Maintenance Garage, 3125 State Route 3.
- Parish: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley.
- Pulaski: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.
- Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.