LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) – The Department of Environmental Management and Department of Health are warning the public after a neighborhood cat that attacked a resident has tested positive for rabies.
Officials said the cat was most likely in the area of Lower Road in Lincoln. Also in the area the cat was caught is a ship building company, dance studio, gun shop, welding business, machine shop, and chiropractic office.
According to State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, this is a high risk rabies case because the cat roamed the neighborhood and may have had contact with people and pets.
The cat is described as a brown, tiger type cat and has recently been seen with three other cats: a black tiger, gray tiger, and orange tiger. The cats do not have an owner and are believed to be feral.
Anyone who may have had contact with the cat before it was caught on April 17 should contact the department of health for an evaluation and potential treatment with the rabies vaccine. The resident who was attacked, and two others who were exposed, have started treatment with the vaccine.
The health department can be reached at 222-2577 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at 272-5952 if calling after hours. Those with pets that may have had contact with these cats should call Lincoln Animal Control at 401-333-0950 so that their pet can be evaluated.