Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It Wasn’t the Cheshire Cat

He (or she) should have taken a page out of the Cheshire Cat’s playbook and been a little wittier and flashed that Cheshire Cat grin if he wanted to get the attention of one Overland Park resident.  Instead he (or she) scratched or bit our victim on the leg before running off.  The problem now is she’s been exposed to everything that cat could be carrying, and that includes rabies.

When we take a report of an animal bite or scratch where the skin is broken, there’s always a chance that our victim of that incident may have been exposed to something like rabies.  When we don’t have the offending animal, it leaves that question unanswered. 

Rabies infects the central nervous system and is usually fatal, even in humans.  That means our victim has to make a decision to roll the dice on a rabies exposure or start getting a series of shots as a preventative measure.  Most people don’t care to have needles stuck into them unnecessarily, so we want to try to find this cat.

The incident took place in the 8300 block of Antioch Road around 10:15 AM.  The cat is described as black and white with long, "fluffy" hair.  

If you have any information regarding this feline, please call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.