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Rabies found in Cat in Longmeadow Apartments
4/15/2012

Rabies found in Cat in Longmeadow Apartments

Hagerstown, MD: The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) is issuing a Rabies alert to all residents in the area around Longmeadow Apartments. A cat was picked up by a Humane Society of Washington County Field Services officer on March 17th at 300 Northern Avenue in Hagerstown and tested positive for rabies.
The cat was a 6-8 year old male brown/black tabby that was behaving erratically, one moment being friendly and the next becoming aggressive and hissing. Anyone that suspects they have come in contact with the cat should contact the Washington County Health Department, located at 1302 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, MD, at 240-313-3200.
The HSWC has seen an increase in feline rabies in Washington County over the past couple of years. "Since my arrival in 2003 we have seen cats test positive for rabies in almost all parts of the county and Hagerstown city Citizens need to also use caution when attempting to catch, pet and/or handle strange cats," said Miller. "This is a very serious matter."
The HSWC is reminding everyone that Maryland Law and Washington County Animal Control Ordinance requires all dogs, cats and ferrets four months of age and older must be inoculated against rabies. They also strongly recommend horses be vaccinated against rabies. "Rabies is a disease that we can stop with proper preventative inoculation," said Paul Miller, HSWC Executive Director. "This is a disease that is transmittable to humans and is fatal when symptoms appear."

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. Visit our website, www.hswcmd.org.

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