MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — The Westchester County Department of Health issued a rabies alert to residents who may have had contact with a rabid stray cat near an auto dealership at 225 Kisco Ave. on or before Monday.
The department notified residents within a half-mile of the area.
According to the department, a small female, 1-year-old gray tabby cat with black stripes and a white belly and paws, smelled of skunk and was attacking tires in the auto dealer's parking lot before it was captured.
“When you see a stray or wild animal acting strangely, it’s best to avoid contact with the animal and alert local authorities to avoid possible exposure to rabies,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler. “Luckily, this cat was captured without having exposed anyone to rabies that we are aware of at this point.”
Anyone who believes that they or a pet may have had contact with the rabid cat should contact the Westchester County Department of Health immediately at (914) 813-5000 to assess the need for rabies treatment.