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Humane Society director scratched by rabid cat

July 09, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

Humane Society of Washington County Executive Director Paul Miller was scratched by a rabid cat while it was being euthanized at the shelter and is receiving booster shots as a result, according to a news release from the Humane Society.

"While incredibly thin and sickly in appearance, I had no reason to suspect the cat was rabid, but acting in accordance with Health Department requirements that all bites and scratches be reported as possible exposures, I sent the cat for testing," Miller was quoted as saying in the release.

On July 2, an animal control officer retrieved the cat from the area of Beaver Creek Church Road after a jogger reported concern that a cat had been hit there, the release states. The officer retrieved the cat, which was in bad condition, and returned it to the shelter, where it was determined that it should be euthanized, according to the release.

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Miller received a pre-exposure shot in 1996 and will receive two booster shots over the course of three days through the Washington County Health Department, according to the release.

Pre-exposure shots are standard operating procedure for all Humane Society staff who have direct contact with animals, the release states.

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