If you find yourself walking down Sand Lake Court in the Northdale section of Hillsborough County, it doesn't take you very long to see a cat or two roaming around.
They appear to be all over the place.
On July 26, a cat apparently attacked a toddler, latching on to her in the front yard of her grandmother's home on Sand Lake.
She's going to be OK, but it was determined that cat was rabid.
It has been caught, but that doesn't mean the neighborhood isn't on edge.
"That's very concerning because I have a little girl and she loves cats and she loves animals," said Doug Moore who lives down the street from where the attack took place.
That attack means Moore will keep a closer eye out for cats.
"I think I'm more mindful of where the cats are in our yard," said Moore.
It also caused Hillsborough County to take action.
They dropped off packets warning people that an animal tested positive for rabies.
They also put out traps in the neighborhood to allow concerned neighbors to bring in any animals they thought posed a threat.
The attack has caused a bit of a controversy on this quiet street.
Over the years two families have taken in stray cats in the neighborhood.
"They had them tested and vaccinated and neutered and spayed. They decided to do the right thing for the community and for the animals," said a neighbor who asked not to be identified.
Some in the area blame them, believing the cat that attacked the girl was part of their group.
The neighbor says the county determined that wasn't the case.
"It was not a member of the catch and release colony here on our street," said the neighbor.
Either way most are hoping this was an isolated incident.
"I was kinda freaked out that one attacked a little kid," said Moore.
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