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Published August 10, 2010, 11:04 AM

Cass County women to be tested for rabies after stray cat attack

Arthur, ND (WDAY TV) - Some painful and frightening moments for two Cass County women who simply were trying to help a stray cat. Tonight, that cat has been put down while health officials conduct rabies tests. This after the normally docile feline "went nuts" and attacked the women on two separate occasions, just days apart.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The Fargo man who picked up the stray cat was going to be out of town for a few days, and so left the cat with family here in rural Arthur an aunt and grandmother feeding the car. One minute the cat was friendly, the next minute psychotic.

The latest cat attack came Monday; nearly 30 bites and scratches on the legs and arms of this woman, whose grandson took in the stray. Days earlier her daughter was bitten in the face, stitches and staples required. Both spent time in the E-R and received anti-biotics.

Late this afternoon, Cass County Deputies along with Community Service Officers from Fargo came to confiscate the cat. Casselton Veterinarian Dr. Laurie Bauer says the problem with taking in any stray animal is the lack of history behind that cat or dog.

“Word to the wise, you assume they had none. If we do not have history we assume they have not been vaccinated.”

The community service officers were able to get the cat out of the basement of the rural Arthur home without any incident and the cat did not appear to be agitated.

Still, because of multiple serious bites to the mother and daughter who were caring for the stray, the cat was brought to the pound where the family decided to put the cat down. They should know rabies tests tomorrow.

“Not the best idea. If you do not know the animal, let it go call animal control or Sheriffs Dept. or live trap it.”

Family members of the man who took in the cat say the stray was taken in several days ago, after the area pounds told the man they had no room for another cat.