Saturday, May 11, 2013

North Carolina: House pet in 28205 ZIP code tests positive for rabies

Mecklenburg County has confirmed this year’s first case of rabies in a house pet after animal control officials had to euthanize a 6-week-old kitten earlier this week.

Dr. Margurette Straley with Freedom Animal Hospital said her office alerted authorities after a family from the 28205 ZIP code, which includes Plaza Midwood, brought their kitten in for treatment on May 6.

The family said the kitten hadn’t eaten in three days, which Staley said is one of the first noticeable symptoms of the slow-moving and fatal disease. “They can’t swallow,” Straley said, noting the kitten only weighed about two pounds.