By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A stray cat that a Mordington Avenue resident had been feeding for several years has tested positive for rabies, a Jefferson County Health Department official said.
The person who was feeding the cat began noticing abnormal behavior in the animal last week, said Earl Allara, director of the Jefferson County Health Department.
The cat was taken to a local veterinary clinic where it died, Allara said. A tissue sample from the animal was sent to the West Virginia Hygienic Laboratory, where it was analyzed and determined that the cat was in the advanced stage of the disease, Allara said.