Police Issue Warnings After Death of Rabid Kitten in Shelton

A kitten that died in Shelton last week had rabies and police are urging residents who were exposed to kittens in the area to see a doctor.

Animal control found the kitten, a medium-haired black kitten, near Howe Avenue and Wooster Street around 5 p.m. on May 12.

On June 1, the kitten died and a test for rabies came back positive on Thursday.

Animal control officers have gone door to door, advising area residents and businesses, and received reports of two other kittens in the area of Howe Avenue and Maple Street.

Now police are asking anyone who handled or had any other exposure to a stray cat or kitten in the area of Howe Avenue and Maple Street to follow up with a healthcare provider.

They are also reminding residents to have all pets vaccinated, not to handle any wild or stray domestic animals, and to teach children to stay away from these animals.

To file complaints about stray domestic animals, call Shelton Animal Control at (203) 925-2501

For more information on rabies, contact the Center for Disease Control, Connecticut Department of Public Health, or the Naugatuck Valley Health District.

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