DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A cat that attacked it's owner in Davidson County is reported to have rabies.
Davidson County Health officials say this is the county's 6th case of rabies.
The cat which attacked the owner in the New London area was turned over to Animal Control on July 3. The owner said the cat was attacked by something several weeks ago and was now acting aggressively.
Officials told WFMY News 2 the cat had not been properly vaccinated and had to be euthanized. There was possible human exposure reported and those people have been referred to a physician for medical follow up.
The Davidson County Health Department says they will be sponsoring a rabies clinic on Saturday, September 13. The clinic will be held at Tyro Middle School from 2-4 p.m. The cost is $5 per vaccination.
Officials say for owners to not handle their animals with bare hands after it has had contact with a wild animal. Salvia from the wild animal may still be present on the domestic animal's fur and by handling the animal, you may expose yourself to rabies.
If there are stray dogs, cats, or wildlife in your neighborhood, call Animal Control at 336-249-0131. Call the Rabies Hot Line at 336-249-2348 if you our your pet comes in contact with another animal.