Gwinnett boy bitten by rabid Rottweiler near Stone Mountain

An 11-year-old boy was bitten by a rabid Rottweiler while walking his dog at home near Stone Mountain, Gwinnett County said.

Two Rottweiler dogs escaped from their home near Anniston Road in the Rivercliff subdivision of Lilburn on Feb. 27. The Rottweilers showed up at a nearby home, where the 11-year-old boy was moving his dog on a leash into a garage. The Rottweilers “attacked” the boy’s dog and bit the boy, the county said in a release.

Shortly after the incident, one of the Rottweilers was hit and killed by a car. The dog tested positive for rabies in a postmortem exam. The second Rottweiler was located and impounded by Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement. Both dogs’ rabies vaccinations expired in mid-February, the county said.

The boy is being treated for rabies, and the Rottweilers’ owners and the person who found the lost Rottweiler have been instructed to seek medical advice. This is the first reported case of rabies in Gwinnett County in 2018.

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Rabies vaccinations will be available for free with the purchase of any other vaccination at the Atlanta Pet Expo at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on March 25 and 26, the county said. Shots offered at the Vaccination Station will cost $10 each and are sponsored by the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division, the Society of Humane Friends, Animal Alliance of Georgia, and Canine Pet Rescue.

If an animal is acting unusually or if an unfamiliar animal bites or scratches you or your pet, contact Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770-339-3200.