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Dog encounters rabid skunk in South Hall
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A rabies alert has been issued for the Marsh Creek Court area of South Hall County after a rabid skunk came in contact with a dog.

The skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab, Virology Section in Decatur, and Hall County was advised Thursday that the skunk was positive for rabies. This is the 16th confirmed case of 2014.

This is the year’s first case involving a skunk. Ten cases involved raccoons, bats and cats were involved in two cases each, and there was one case involving a beaver.

Alert signs have been posted in the area where the rabid skunk was found. If you live in this area or you 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.

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