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JACKSONVILLE: Three children attacked by rabid feral cat – WITN

JACKSONVILLE: Three children attacked by rabid feral cat – WITN

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Updated: Tue 8:26 PM, Aug 13, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Three children in one Eastern Carolina city are being treated after they were attacked by a feral cat.

The Onslow County Health Department says tests came back today that confirmed the cat had rabies.

They say Sunday evening in the area of 433 Western Boulevard in Jacksonville, the feral cat attacked two young girls and later attacked a young boy.

Health officials say during the second attack, the boy’s father was able to incapacitate the cat as animal services responded.

The three children are being treated with vaccines, according to the health department.

Feral cats roam and often live and travel in colonies. Animal services says people should keep their distance from any unknown animals, especially if they are showing aggressive behavior.

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