Rabid cat attacks man and dog in Lynchburg; several other animals also infected

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A rabid cat attacked a man and his dog in Lynchburg on Friday.

According to the Lynchburg Police Department, Animal Control responded to the 2000 block of Langhorne Road after receiving reports of an animal attack.

When Animal Control arrived to the scene, they learned a feral cat attacked a man as he was leaving his house. It attacked his leg and his boots without provocation, police said. Police say the cat also attacked a dog causing a bite wound under the dog's eye and it attacked a puppy. That puppy suffered from scratch wounds.

Officials say the cat was displaying symptoms that resembled rabies. Ball: "This is actually the first cat we've had that's tested positive for rabies this year," said chief animal warden, Ryan Ball.

The cat was captured and was tested for rabies. Tuesday, test results showed that the cat did have rabies.

Officials investigated and found that several other animals, both feral and family pets, could be infected with rabies because of communal feeding. "A lot of times cats will fight over a food source so that's where you get bites, scratches, those types of things; and if one of the cats has already been infected with rabies, it can keep passing it on and on," explained Ball.

The Lynchburg Police Department is still investigating. Police ask if you see any animals displaying rabies symptoms, you should call 991 or 434-847-1602.