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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — A cat that attacked two people in Staunton this week has tested positive for rabies, leading the Staunton Police Department to issue a warning to the public.
On Wednesday, two people were in the area of Pocahontas Ave. and Betsy Bell Rd. when a cat attacked them without provocation.
The cat was captured by Staunton police officers, along with members of the Staunton Fire Department, and then turned over to the Health Department.
On Friday, Animal Control was notified that the cat had tested positive for rabies.
Symptoms of rabies in animals include extreme agitation and aggression, muscle spasms, excessive salivation, and ultimately death.
If you see any animal displaying those symptoms, contact Animal Control at the Staunton Police Department immediately at 540-332-3842 and seek prompt medical attention if the animal has made contact with you.
Rabies is spread by saliva, and, if not treated immediately, is inevitably fatal.
That's why police ask that every citizen ensure their pets are current on rabies vaccinations.
It's Virginia law that every domestic animal has to be vaccinated for rabies, and that's enforced on local levels as well.
If you have further questions about rabies prevention or treatment, you cancontact the Health Department at 540-332-3870. If you have questions about Virginia or city code pertaining to wildlife and domesticated animals, you can contact Staunton Animal Control at 540-332-3842.