- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State officials are alerting residents after a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Providence.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said the raccoon attacked a domestic cat that was later euthanized as a result of its injuries.

The raccoon was tested after being captured on Biltmore Avenue in the Mount Pleasant section of the city.

Area residents are being asked to report any contact they or a pet might have had with raccoons. They are also being reminded to have their pets vaccinated against rabies.

State officials say the virus has been found in all Rhode Island communities with the exception of New Shoreham. It is most prevalent in skunks, raccoons, foxes, woodchucks and bats.

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