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DOUGLAS COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL WARNS OF FOURTH RABIES ALERT


Douglasville, GA - On April 22, Douglas County Animal Control Officers responded to a report of a raccoon near N. Annewakee Rd. off of Fairburn Rd. Animal Control Officers would like to warn residents that the raccoon tested positive for rabies on April 25, and that days before on April 18 a raccoon was seen fighting with a cat.

This is the fourth rabid raccoon case Douglas County Animal Services has dealt with since March 11. The other two cases occurred on March 27 and March 31. The three previous cases involved dogs fighting with the raccoons, and this current case involved a possible cat.

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.

On May 11, 2019 the Douglas County Animal Services and Douglas County Humane Society will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Douglas County Animal Services Building, 2171 Mack Rd. Douglasville Ga, 30135. Local veterinarians will be administering rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs at a cost of $10.00 for each vaccination.

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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