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DOUGLAS COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL WARNS OF THIRD RABIES ALERT


Douglasville, GA - Douglas County Animal Control Officers would like to warn residents that a third raccoon involved in an attack has tested positive for rabies. Douglas County Animal Control Officers responded to a report of a raccoon acting strangely in the backyard of a home with four dogs on Sweetwater Drive near Highway 5 on March 31st.

The raccoon tested positive for rabies on April 3rd. "This is the 3rd one in five weeks and that is unusual," said Rick Martin, Douglas County Director of Communications. "The four dogs have been confined and currently under a 45 day quarantine period."

The most recent incident was on Wednesday, March 27th, when animal control responded to a report of a dog killing a raccoon in the downtown area of the city of Douglasville around Price Avenue and Church Street. The raccoon tested positive for rabies on March 29th.

Douglas County Animal Control investigated the first incident of a confirmed rabid raccoon on Tuesday, March 11, 2019 when Animal Control Officers res[ponded to a complaint of two stray dogs standing over a dead raccoon in the vicinity of Colonial Trail, Scarlett Drive, and Tara Circle off Midway Road in Douglas County.

If your pets are not vaccinated for rabies, please have them vaccinated now. We are urging residents in the area to please take necessary precaution. Here are some suggestions:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for your pet.
  • Keep your cats indoors and keep your dogs on a leash when outside.
  • Don't leave food or garbage outside that may attract wild animals.
  • Stay away from wild animals and do not feed them.

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals transmitted in the saliva of an infected animal. It is transmitted when the infected animal bites another mammal. Rabies in humans is 100% preventable by vaccination. In the United States, the rabies virus is mostly spread by wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. The rabies virus is endemic in Georgia.

If you see wildlife or domesticated dogs and cats acting strangely, please call Animal Control at 770-942-5961.

For further information, you can contact Douglas County Director of Communications and Community Relations Rick Martin at 770-920-7303 or Cobb & Douglas Public Health Director of Communications Valerie Crow at 770-514-3109 or email at Valerie.crow@dph.ga.gov.



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