A man in Oneida county in New York saw the cat staggering in his driveway. Upon closer inspection, he noticed that cat suffered from a laceration in its side. When he tried to pick up the cat to see its injuries, the cat bit him on the hand.

After getting treatment, the man brought the cat to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society where the cat tested positive for rabies.

“There are two lessons to be learned from this incident,” said Bobbi Jo Kahl, rabies prevention and treatment program coordinator. “No matter how humane your intentions, you should never approach a sick or injured animal. Even a household pet may bite if it’s been hurt. Secondly, make sure your pets are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.”

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