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Rabid feral cat attacks Wheatfield woman

LOCKPORT – A feral cat that attacked a Wheatfield woman as she was walking her dog last week has been confirmed to have rabies, the Niagara County Health Department said Tuesday.

The woman was bitten on the left hand and scratched on both thighs, said Elaine C. Roman, public information officer for the health department.

The woman has begun a series of rabies shots, Roman said. Her dog was unharmed.

The incident occurred Wednesday on Demler Road in Wheatfield.

The cat was euthanized by the SPCA, Roman said. The only way to confirm an animal has rabies is to test its brain after death. This was the first report of a rabid cat in Niagara County since 2010.

On the same day as the cat attack, two other rabid animals were captured in the county. A rabid raccoon was found in Niagara Falls and a rabid bat was found in Hartland. No humans or other animals were bitten in those instances, Roman said.

The three-animal day last Wednesday brought the total of confirmed rabid animals in Niagara County this year to seven. There has been one other in Niagara Falls, one other in Hartland, and single reports in Youngstown and Royalton.

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