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Health Department warns of rabid kitten found in Holley

Posted 9 September 2019 at 2:24 pm

Local officials want to know if kitten is part of litter with rabies

Courtesy of Orleans County Health Department: This map shows an area in Holley where people may have been in contact with a rabid kitten.

Press Release, Orleans County Health Department

This kitten with rabies was picked up in Holley on Sept. 2.

HOLLEY – The Orleans County Health Department is seeking help in finding anyone who came in contact with a 6-8 week old female, white and brown kitten in the Village of Holley in the area of West Albion Street, Woodside Court, West Avenue and Routier Street.

On the morning of Monday, September 2, Holley Animal Control was sent to pick up an injured kitten. The kitten had rabies and has died.

“We are looking to see if anyone may have handled the kitten and/or if it is from a litter of kittens that may have also been exposed to rabies,” stated Paul Pettit, Director for Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments. “The purpose in locating where the kitten was will help us know if anyone else or their pets may have been in contact with this animal. Rabies is transmitted from saliva or being bitten by an infected animal.”

It is important to make sure all pets are vaccinated against rabies as it is a deadly virus.

Orleans County will have the next free rabies immunization clinic on Saturday, October 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Orleans County Highway Building at 225 West Academy Street, Albion.  As a reminder, do not touch wild or stray animals as they may have rabies and you most likely will not be able to tell the animal is sick.

Anyone with information on the kitten is asked to contact the Orleans County Health Department at 585-589-3278.

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