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Sixth rabies case confirmed in Hall County

POSTED: March 20, 2009 11:46 p.m.

Another case of rabies has been confirmed in Hall County, bringing the 2009 total to six.

According to Hall County Animal Control, a skunk came into contact with two dogs Tuesday off Dahlonega Highway in North Hall.

The skunk’s remains were sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur, which verified Thursday that the animal was infected with rabies.

Animal Control has posted warning signs along Dahlonega Highway. Anyone who sees an animal behaving abnormally should call the department at 770-531-6830.

Residents are also urged to get their pets vaccinated against rabies. The Humane Society of Hall County will offer a rabies vaccination clinic from 8:30 to noon April 4 at Jaemor Farm in northeastern Hall.

Rabies shots cost $10 each. Dogs and cats must be at least 3 months old and must be restrained on a leash or in a pet carrier.

For the first time, the humane society will also be offering identity microchipping at this event. The price for microchipping, which includes both insertion of the chip and registration with the national database, is $20. Owners who choose to get both the rabies shot and the microchipping for their pet will pay only $25 total.

For more information, call the humane society at 770-532-6617.



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