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Rabid cat caught in Lincoln after attacking resident

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By: Samantha Lavien
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Three people are now being treated for rabies after a rabid cat attacked a resident and scratched two other people. The concern is that there could be more rabid animals prowling around.

The rabid cat attacked a man at GP Performance, a ship building company, on Lower Road last week.

"The cat was acting funny and bit him in the leg.. and after he did I realized we had to call the dog officer and get him captured,” said Gerald Plante the Owner of GP Performance.

The cat was trapped, put in quarantine and later euthanized after it started to show signs of rabies. Test results came back showing the cat did in fact have the disease.

"It's very dangerous because of where it was, there's a neighborhood with a lot of children and families. So we have to put up notices and let them know to be aware not to approach any animals they don't know,” said Lincoln Animal Control Officer Louann Noreau.

Now, the concern is shifting to other stray cats in the area who could also be infected.

"As we speak I have traps set up,” said Noreau.

People who work nearby say they're keeping an extra eye out as they often see animals wondering in and out of the woods.

"Everybody has to look out for themselves you know,” said Ricardo Lopez.

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