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DOUGLAS COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL WARNS OF 1ST RABIES ALERT OF THE YEAR


Douglasville, GA. - Douglas County Animal Services is issuing a warning to residents in the area of Bomar Road and Pope Road, Douglasville, Georgia of a raccoon that has tested positive for rabies. On Thursday, January 16th, 2020 a raccoon attacked a dog. On Friday, January 17th Douglas County Animal Control Officers captured the raccoon. The raccoon tested positive for rabies on January 21th, 2020. The dog is confined and currently under a 45 day quarantine period. A second dog may have been exposed and is also under a 45 day quarantine. This is the first rabies case of 2020. There were 5 cases in all of 2019.

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 strange, 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 email at rickmartin@co.douglas.ga.us 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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