State: rabid feral cat attacked Lincoln resident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State officials say a feral cat that attacked a Lincoln resident and exposed two other people last week has tested positive for rabies.

The Rhode Island environmental management and health departments said Friday that the people affected on April 17 have started rabies treatment.

Officials say the brown tiger cat, caught near Lower Road in Lincoln, may have had contact with more people and their pets. They say it was seen with three other feral cats, a black tiger, a grey tiger and an orange tiger.

Businesses in the area where the rabid cat was caught include a children's dance studio and a chiropractic office.

People who may have had contact with the cat are urged to contact the health department. Those with domestic pets who may have encountered the wild cats should call Lincoln Animal Control.

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