Hall County’s tally of rabies cases this year has increased to 21. The most recent incident occurred Sunday on Green Drive, off Clarks Bridge Road in North Hall. Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Control, said a skunk came into contact with a domestic dog.
"The dog actually grabbed the skunk and tossed it around a bit," he said.
Authorities sent the animal’s remains to the Georgia Public Health Lab, which reported Wednesday that the skunk was infected with rabies.
Ledford said Animal Control has not yet verified whether the dog that attacked the skunk had been vaccinated against rabies. Unvaccinated dogs must either be euthanized or put into a strict six-month quarantine.
Anyone who sees an animal showing possible symptoms of rabies, such as aggression or disorientation, should call Hall County Animal Control at 770-531-6830. Also, the Humane Society of Hall County is still urging people to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. The next rabies clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-noon May 24 at Jaemor Farms. Shots cost $10. Dogs and cats must be at least 3 months old and must be restrained on a leash or in a carrier. For more information, call the Humane Society at 770-532-6617.