A bobcat that was shot after it attacked a pet dog in Morgan County had rabies.

Registered sanitarian Margery Sweet of the Morgan County Health Department says the bobcat's head was sent to the state health laboratory in Charleston for testing.

The tests were positive.

Morgan County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tim Stapleton killed the bobcat last Thursday as it attacked his neighbor's Irish setter which was chained to a doghouse.

Sweet says there was enough saliva on the dog for the possibility of human contact.

Rabies is fatal and must be handled very carefully, so the state health lab advised the dog's family to get a precautionary series of rabies inoculations.

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