Another case of rabies in a raccoon was confirmed Thursday, the second confirmed case in the past week and the sixth of 2017.
The rabid raccoon recently had contact with a dog in the 5300 block of Teakwood Drive off of Price Road near Gainesville, according to a statement released by Hall County government offices. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab-Virology Section in Decatur and rabies was confirmed Thursday.
Officer Kevin Buecker of Hall County Animal Services said the dog had been vaccinated before the incident, but was being quarantined for 45 days as a precaution.
Signs have been posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. Anyone who notices an animal acting abnormally in the area is asked to contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830. Outside daytime working hours, calls should be made to Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.
Officials encouraged residents to vaccinate pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter, 1688 Barber Road, Gainesville. The office is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vaccinations cost $10. Vaccines are also available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia at 845 W. Ridge Road in Gainesville and from local veterinarians.