Winston-Salem, NC-The Forsyth County Animal Control is trying to capture the kittens that came from a rabid mother.
On Monday, residents in the 100 block of E. Sprague St. received a notice from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health warning them about the potential of three rabid kittens in the neighborhood.
Over the weekend, the NC State Laboratory confirmed a black and white female cat found on that block tested positive for rabies.
It's believed the rabid cat had three known kittens. At the time of the notice, all three were still missing. However, Tim Jennings, the director of the Forsyth County Animal Control, said it currently has one kitten captured and in quarantine. So far, that kitten has not showed any signs of rabies and is likely healthy.
Jennings said, "It's not just an animal issue we're talking about and protecting the pets, it can become a serious public health issue."
In the meantime, humane traps are set up in the neighborhood to capture the remaining kittens.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford spoke with parents on the 100 block of E. Sprague St.
Luke Kohler isn't too concerned because his pets are up to date on their vaccinations and his twin toddlers are always under supervision of an adult. Kohler does think this is a reminder to be responsible neighbors and pet owners.
"Be conscientious about vaccinated pets, making sure that they have rabies vaccinations, tetanus vaccinations, all those other things that could be potentially life threatening and not going to make our community our or city any better if they're being ignorant about it in anyway."
Meghan Markman, another neighbor with a young child, has already seen people in the neighborhood take action to protect themselves and their pets.
Markman said, "I know two of my neighbors on the other side of the street have already taken action to have their pets re-upped with the vaccinations and some have outdoor cats and they're taking more caution, maybe bringing their cats or dogs inside at night."
The Forsyth County Animal Control writes nearly 1,000 citations for rabies vaccination violations every year. Citations can range from $50 to $500 depending on the number of past violations.
Forsyth County Animal Control is holding its next rabies vaccination clinic Saturday, July 13th. The vaccinations are being offered for $5 each. Click here for more details.
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