POLICE ADVISORY: Kitten found in Shelton dies of rabies; Some people should get tested

A kitten found by Shelton police has died of rabies, and police have warned people in the area where it was recovered about the incident.

The medium-haired black kitten was recovered by animal control officers on May 12 at about 5 p.m. in the area of Howe Avenue and Wooster Street, which is in the northern part of downtown Shelton.

The kitten died about three weeks later, on June 1, and a test for rabies came back positive on June 4. Upon learning that the kitten had rabies, animal control officers went door-to-door advising area residents and businesses in the vicinity.

Two other kittens nearby

It was reported to the Animal Control Division that two other kittens were reported to be in the area of Howe Avenue and Maple Street, which is about a half block from the other location.

Anyone who handled, or had any other exposure to, a stray cat or kitten in the area of Howe Avenue and Maple Street is encouraged to follow up with a healthcare provider.

Don’t handle stray animals

Residents are reminded to have all their pets vaccinated, to not handle any wild or stray domestic animals, and to teach their children to stay away from these animals.

Complaints of stray domestic animals should be made to Shelton Animal Control at 203-925-2501

For more information on rabies, people may contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Connecticut Department of Public Health, or the Naugatuck Valley Health District (www.nvhd.org, 203-881-3255), which serves Shelton.