The department received a call Nov. 1 that a raccoon was killed by a dog. The remains of the raccoon were taken to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing and the results came back positive for the rabies virus. During this alert, residents living within this area should make sure that all of their companion animals have a current rabies vaccination. If not, vaccinations should be made current as soon as possible.
Additionally, residents should be vigilant of the behavior of not only their own pets, but of surrounding wildlife (e.g. foxes, skunks and raccoons) that are acting in an unusual manner.