Warning issued after rabid cat attacks people, feral cats in Carroll County

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CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday, the Galax Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter warned community members about a cat that tested positive for rabies after it attacked two people and a large group of feral cats in Carroll County over the last week.

According to a flyer from the Mount Rogers Health District — which the animal shelter shared on Facebook on Thursday, Oct. 14 — the cat bit two residents on Waterford Road near the Crooked Creek Fee-Fishing area on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

In addition, health officials say the cat fought with a group of 10 to 12 feral cats living in the area.

The health district says the adult male cat — which has been declared rabid — has medium-length black fur, three legs, and a recent wound.

If you or any mammal pets may have come in contact with a suspicious cat in the Waterford Road area recently, you are asked to call the Carroll County Health Department at 276-730-3180.

In addition, you should make sure your pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date. This can also apply to livestock.

“Remember, rabies is fatal once the symptoms appear,” the health district flyer stated. “All mammals (including humans) can get rabies. Rabies is most commonly transmitted by a bite, but also may be transmitted by saliva or brain tissue of a rabid animal coming into contact with eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.”

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