Rabies Alert In Owings Mills: Domestic Cat Tests Positive, Residents And Pet Owners Urged To Take Precautions
OWINGS MILLS - A domestic short-haired, calico cat in Owings Mills tested positive for rabies last Wednesday, according to Baltimore County Animal Services.
The white, gray, and brown car was discovered on Wednesday, July 19, near Pegram Road.
Residents who may have encountered this cat are urged to contact their healthcare provider or hospital emergency room immediately. Bites, scratches, or licks from the infected animal necessitate immediate notification of the Baltimore County Department of Health.
This call for immediate action also extends to any pets that might have had direct contact with the cat.
The Department of Health can be reached at 410-887-5963 during regular business hours. For after-hours incidents (after 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday and on weekends), the number to call is 410-832-7182.
Residents are cautioned against leaving out food or water bowls for extended periods, especially overnight. These could attract wildlife or stray animals.
Anyone considering adopting stray or feral cats is advised to consult with a veterinarian for guidance. The importance of keeping rabies vaccinations current for all pets cannot be overstated. Free roaming of pets is also strongly discouraged.
To aid in these efforts, Baltimore County Animal Services offers low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay and neutering services. Residents are encouraged to visit the Baltimore County Animal Services' website for details on services such as spaying/neutering, microchipping, licensing, or rabies vaccination.