May 12, 2021


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“I don’t want every single stray cat in town rounded up and killed, I’m not like that,” she claimed. “But it would seem there ought to be some sort of emergency protocol in moments like this—at least round them up and check them and make absolutely sure they’re vaccinated. What happens if a cat from this colony gets included with a further and [rabies] starts spreading since no one needs to take accountability for it?”

The only persons in the neighborhood who realized a rabid cat was in the spot ended up all those informed by Hedge and her family members. The Rappahannock Space Wellbeing District issued a press release on Tuesday, pretty much a week after the incident and four days immediately after notifying Hedge the cat had tested good for rabies.

Commonly, “that need to be the exact time our place of work is notified,” mentioned Maj. Troy Skebo of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office. But he explained Animal Command officers hadn’t listened to about the good results right up until Wednesday morning.

“Once a constructive examination will come back again, the well being department takes the lead, and we assist them in any way, if that usually means we hand out fliers or we go lure cats,” Skebo said. “With us just obtaining out, the system of action is being labored on as we communicate.”

The local wellness section will not be involved “in containing the other animals in the feral colony,” said spokesperson Allison Balmes-John. She explained her agency’s position was to do the job with the human victim on the course of action, exam the cat for rabies and elevate awareness of the situation and strategies to avoid rabies.