Fourth rabies alert in Henry this year


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On May 26 Henry County Animal Control received a call that a cat had attacked and either scratched or bitten members of a family. The remains of the cat were taken to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing, and the results came back positive for the rabies virus. The victim has advised that all eight members of his family had handled this animal and will be undergoing rabies treatments.

The Henry County Animal Care and Control Department has issued a: 45-day Rabies Alert, as required by the Georgia Rabies Control Manual for the attack at 155 Trace Drive in Stockbridge.

During this alert, residents living within this area should make sure that all of their companion animals are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and if not, should have companion animals vaccinated as soon as possible by a licensed veterinarian. Addi-tionally, residents should be vigilant of the behavior of, not only their own pets, but also of surrounding wildlife (e.g. foxes, skunks) that are acting in an unusual manner.

The next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held at Henry County Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The vaccination costs $15.

For more information, visit www.hcacc.org or contact Henry County Rabies Control Officer, Vince Farah at 770-288-7387.