Pets don’t mix well with rabid animals. Neither do farm animals.
Three goats and a pig all came into contact with rabid skunks in two separate incidents in East Hall County recently.
One incident involved two goats in the South Browning Bridge Road area. The other incident involved a pig and a goat in the Noah’s Way area. The two different skunks involved were found to be rabid after they were shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab- Virology Section in Decatur.
There have been 19 confirmed cases of rabies this year in Hall County.
Alert signs will be posted in the area where the animals were found.
If you live in these areas or see an animal acting abnormally, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during nonworking hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.
Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their pets and livestock for rabies.
Vaccines are available for $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Hall County Animal Shelter at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville.
Vaccines are also available from local veterinarians.