Rabid cat bite marks 13th rabid animal case in Robeson County

A rabid cat bit a woman in the Orrum community of Robeson County last Tuesday, making this the 13th case of rabid animals reported since November 2012, according to Robeson County Public Health Department Director Bill Smith.

The woman was feeding the stray cat when she was bitten.

Smith says she didn't think anything of the bite until she started feeling sick later that afternoon.

The woman went to the hospital and began medical treatments for rabies, Smith said.

The cat showed up the next day at the woman's home and bit a puppy.

Smith said animal control officers were able to capture the cat and it was euthanized.

He says the cat tested positive for rabies.

The puppy had to be put down because it hadn't been vaccinated against rabies, Smith added.

North Carolina State law mandates that all dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months be vaccinated, but Smith says only 20% of animals in Robeson County are vaccinated.

He adds the county has had three special rabies clinics this year and they plan to host another one at the start of hunting season in September.

Here's a listing of vaccination clinics set up by the county.

Aug. 26: Lumberton Central; Pembroke; Smith's; St. Pauls and Red Springs.

- Aug. 27: Saddletree; Fairmont Central; Smyrna; Parkton; Maxton Southeastern; Rennert; Burnt Swamp-Philadelphus; and Raft Swamp.

- Aug. 28: Fairmont Rural; Prospect (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.); Deep Branch; Rowland; Big Marsh; Northwoods; and Pine Terrace.

- Aug. 29: Britts; Shannon; Pembroke Rural; Queheel; East Howellsville; and Sterlings.

- Aug. 30: Allenton; Evans Crossroads; Orrum; Whitehouse; and Raynhem-McDonald.

The fee is only $5.