Monday, December 11, 2023

Health Officials Looking for Cat That Bit Person in York County

virginia department of healthThe Peninsula Health District is looking for a cat, described as a medium-sized orange tabby, that bit a person Friday near Solebay Street, off Constitution Drive, in Grafton.

If the cat is not found, the victim may have to undergo post-exposure treatment shots for the prevention of rabies, according to a news release from the health district Tuesday.

Once found, the cat will not be taken away from its owner but placed on an in-home confinement period for 10 days.

Anyone who has seen the cat in the area that fits the description is asked to contact the Peninsula Health District-Newport News Environmental Health at 757-594-7340. After hours, contact the York County Animal Control office at 757-890-3601.

Residents are reminded to report all exposures, enjoy wildlife from a distance and make sure family pets are vaccinated and protected against the rabies virus. Virginia state law requires dogs and cats be vaccinated between three and four months of age and thereafter to maintain protection against rabies.

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