Cat with rabies scratches owner, marks second confirmed case of rabies in Henrico this year

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Henrico County cat tested positive for rabies during a vet visit following an incident where it scratched its owner.

According to the Henrico County Police Division, on Thursday, March 28, its officers responded to the 1500 bock of Rustling Cedar Lane for report of a potential rabies exposure.

A cat described as a “companion outdoor cat” reportedly scratched its owner. It was acting out of character and appeared ill, so it was taken to a local vet and examined. According to police, neurological issues were identified, resulting in the cat being submitted to the State Lab.

The cat tested positive for rabies, according to police, making this incident the second confirmed case of rabies in the county this year. The first was reported mid-March.

At this time, no other humans or animals are known to have been exposed.

“The Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit reminds everyone to keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current to ensure the safety of their pets and our community,” police advised in the release.

There is an upcoming rabies vaccination clinic for interested pet owners, which will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Henrico County Western Government Center. Each vaccination costs $15 and only cash is accepted.

For more information on further vaccination opportunities, visit the Henrico County Animal Shelter’s website.

If you or someone you know notices abnormal behavior in wildlife or any signs of rabies exposure, contact the Henrico County Police Division at 805-501-5000.

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