1st known rabid domestic cat in Yavapai County since 1950s

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say Yavapai County is dealing with its first known rabid domestic cat since the late 1950s.

County Sheriff's officials say a domestic cat was hit by a car on Dec. 3 in the Castle Canyon subdivision of Prescott Valley.

The cat owner's roommate was bitten when he tried to assist the cat off the roadway.

The cat died and was left on the owner's porch wrapped in a towel.

An animal control officer arrived the next day to remove the cat and a specimen was sent to a lab for rabies testing.

The Animal Control Office has been notified that the cat tested positive for rabies.

Animal Control Officers tracked down the previously injured man and he immediately went to a hospital for post-rabies exposure treatment.

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