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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014
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Rabid cat found in Northdale, trapping to begin immediately


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Hillsborough County Animal Services will start a "limited" trapping of cats on Friday night in Northdale after a cat in the area tested positive for rabies earlier this week, according to Hillsborough County.

Residents in the greater Northdale community are asked to keep their cars indoors during this period, Hillsborough County said.

Hillsborough County Animal Services was contacted on July 26 concerning a cat in the Sand Lake Court neighborhood in the Northdale community that might have rabies. Hillsborough County Animal Services captured the cat and impounded it; a positive test was confirmed on Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Health was notified. The agency sent residents in the area flyers notifying them of the positive rabies test.

The trapping will begin tonight. Cats that are trapped will be quarantined. Once the quarantine period is completed, Hillsborough County Animal Services will try to reunite the cats with their owners.

It hasn't been determined how long the trappings will last and how long the cats will be quarantined.

The Florida Department of Health recommends that pets be properly vaccinated for rabies, kept away from all unknown animals and maintained on the pet owner's property.

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