A 13-year-old Glynn County girl in the Brunswick’s Waverly Pines neighborhood was attacked by a feral cat with rabies on May 17th, and her mother wants people to take precautions.
Christina Carroll wants the public to know that they need to be aware of their surroundings. Her 13-year-old daughter was taking the trash out when a feral cat attacked from behind the trash can. The cat scratched her daughter on the knee. After the cat attacked the girl, it ran across the street and attacked the neighbor getting out of their car, according to Carroll.
“My mother called me after calling the ambulance and animal control, so I got there when the ambulance and animal control arrived. I was there when the cat attacked the neighbor, and I took my daughter to the hospital,“ said Carroll. “We have never seen that cat around the neighborhood before. There are lots of cats out there but never seen that particular cat.”
Animal control told Carroll that the cat didn’t act like it had rabies, but the cat became very aggressive and started panting when it was captured. After the cat was removed, Environmental Health contacted Christina Carroll and informed her she did not have anything to worry about. Later, Carroll received another call from Environmental Health informing her that the cat did have signs of rabies and to take the child to the hospital for treatment. Carroll took her daughter to Southeast Georgia Health System to be treated.
The cat’s head was decapitated and sent off for rabies testing. On Friday, Environmental Health confirmed the cat did have rabies based on findings of the test. Carroll’s daughter is receiving treatment which is a series of 24 shots to be taken over several days with antibiotics. Carroll said the first round of shots were administered near the site of the attack, the knee, and the rest were administered in both arms.
Carroll tells parents to take precautions and make sure to teach kids to look at their surroundings.
“If you have kids around that area please be aware and keep them safe my daughter was simply walking to the trash can and got attacked for no reason; she didn’t even see the cat at first.”
Carroll informed AllOnGeorgia that she contacted Environmental Health again about how to prevent further attacks and rid the neighborhood of all the stray cats. She said Environmental Health told her that she could place a deposit of $25.00 for a trap and catch the stray cats of their own and would be refunded if they caught an animal.
“They [Environmental Health] couldn’t set the traps because they were feral cats; which doesn’t make any sense to me. I just hope the adults keep their kids safe,” said Carroll.
The Glynn County Health Department put out an advisory after the attacks occurred and advised residents to have pets vaccinated against rabies and keep vaccinations current. Residents should avoid contact of any kind with wild or strange acting animals to prevent contracting the disease.
For more information, contact the county health department at 912-264-3961.