Sunday, May 20, 2018
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After rabies case, Hillsborough County trapping cats in Northdale

TAMPA — Cat owners of Northdale, keep your felines inside this weekend.

After a confirmed rabid cat was trapped in the Sand Lake Court neighborhood last week, Hillsborough County Animal Services will begin trapping cats in the area Friday night as part of a quarantine effort. Cats taken by Animal Services will be kept for an undetermined amount of time, according to county spokesman Willie Puz, that could last weeks. Once the quarantine ends, Animal Services will make efforts to reunite any non-stray cats with their owners.

Last Friday, a possible rabies case was reported to Animal Services. The cat was impounded and tested. The rabies infection was confirmed Wednesday.

Residents can also bring trapped cats to the shelter at 400 N Falkenburg Road between 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day, the agency said.###

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