Rabid cat attacks homeowner

Brevard County health officials issue warning


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County health officials issued a warning after lab results confirm a cat who attacked its owner has tested positive for rabies.

Local 6 News partner Florida Today reports the cat, named "Baby," attacked its owner during a medical treatment.

The pet owner, who lives on Banana River Drive in Merritt Island, had been administering a series of shots as a preventative measure against a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system, according to the paper.

The owner got the cat from a neighbor two years ago and never had the animal vaccinated, officials said.

"We investigated, but it doesn't appear any one else was exposed to the cat," said Dr. Heidar Heshmati, director of Brevard County Health Department.

Health officials believe the cat may have been exposed to raccoons or other wild animals before being struck by a car.

The cat has since been euthanized.