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This Cat Dumped at a NH Animal Shelter Tested Positive for Rabies
CONCORD — An injured cat left at the door of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire tested positive for rabies.
On March 9, an unidentified sedan left the cat at the shelter at 545 Rte. 101, Bedford, around 9 a.m.
The ARL said the young adult female gray tabby cat may have recently given birth to kittens.
The Animal Rescue League named the cat Ostara and described her as sweet.
Ostara was quarantined but ended up dying.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on Monday asked anyone with information about the cat to call 603-271-4496.
DHHS is now investigating the potential of other animal or human exposures before the cat was left at the ARL.
“At this time there has been no humans infected with rabies in this case that we are aware of,” said Kathy Remillard, a spokeswoman for DHHS.
According to DHHS, a total of 20-30 animals in New Hampshire are identified with rabies each year. DHHS investigates each case to determine if any other animal or human came in contact with the animal in case they require medical treatment.
Remillard also said the last human case of rabies in New Hampshire was in 1996.
Anyone with questions about rabies can call the New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.