LPD capture rabid cat, find other animals that may also be infected

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Police say they captured a feral cat that tested positive for rabies during an incident on Friday, June 8.

During the incident, a man was leaving his house on the 2000 block of Langhorne Road when a feral cat attacked his leg and boots, unprovoked.

The cat then attacked a dog causing a bite would under the eye and also attacked a puppy leaving it with scratch wounds.

At the time, the cat displayed neurological symptoms believed to be those of rabies.

Police captured the cat without incident and tested it for rabies.

On Tuesday, June 12, the results came back as positive.

After more investigation, several other animals were also possibly infected due to communal feeding.

The animals included were both family pets and feral animals.

Police say the case is ongoing and they will update the public as they get more information.

If you see an animal that seems to have symptoms of rabies call 911 or 434-847-1602 immediately.

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