North Smithfield Police are warning residents to stay away from a stray orange cat because it may have been exposed to rabies. The cat was recently quarantined so it could be monitored for rabies after it sustained an unknown injury. Officials believed the wound could have possibly been a bite from a rabid animal. The cat had not been vaccinated against rabies.
While the cat was under the quarantine in Massachusetts the owner brought the animal to North Smithfield where it escaped the home it was being kept in.
The cat is currently loose in the area of the Route 146 exchange on Greenville Road.
The cat is a male long-haired tabby weighing about 12 pounds. He has a white triangle marking on his chest and has white paws.
Anyone seeing a cat matching that description in the area is asked to contact North Smithfield Animal Control at (401)766–0377 or after hours contact police at (401)762–1212.
Residents in the vicinity where the cat escaped are advised as follows:
Do not approach or try to capture the cat.
Do not leave pet animals out unattended.
Do not leave food or garbage out that may attract the cat or other animals.
Do make sure pet animals are properly vaccinated against rabies.