Rabid Raccoon captured in the vicinity of Port Chester after having bitten three people.

Rabies Alert
Rabies alert for rabid cat found in White Plains. On Friday, March 18th, a stray cat that was captured on Sybil Street and Waldo Avenue in White Plains has tested positive for rabies. The cat was a gray tabby in color. If you, or a family member, or your pet, may have had any contact with this cat, on or before March 18, immediately call the Health Department at (914) 813-5000. Anyone bitten by a rabid animal or having had contact with its saliva may need to receive post-exposure rabies treatment. When administered early enough, before symptomes develop, the treatment is 100% effective. Once symptoms occure, in humans or animals, the disease is fatal.

Unusual behavior may be the first sign of rabies in an animal. A rabid animal may become either abnormally aggressive or unusually tame. It may lose fear of people and become excited and irritable, or, conversely appear particularly passive and lethargic. Staggering and frothing at the mouth are sometimes noted.

Residents who see a stray or wild animal acting strangely should avoid contact with the animal and alert local authorities to avoid possible exposure to rabies. Residents are also advised to keep their trash can lids securely sealed and avoid leaving pet food outdoors.

Any physical contact with a wild or unfamiliar animal should be reported to a health care provider. All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5000, 24 hours a day.