• Rabies alert has many pet owners concerned

    By: Audrey Washington

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    HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A neighborhood in Henry County is now under a rabies alert for 45 days.

    Henry County officials ordered the alert after two dogs killed a rabid raccoon.

    It happened on Thursday, along South Moor Circle in Stockbridge when Henry County Animal control got a call about the raccoon.

    "The results for that raccoon came back positive for the rabies virus," said Rabies Control Officer Vince Farah.

    Edwin Torres says he actually heard the attack just few days before the alert was issued.

    “Well I was scared,” Torres said. "Around two nights ago, I heard a lot of noise."


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    Animal control is urging people in the area to take this alert seriously, especially if they have outdoor pets.

     Officials are also asking owners to have their pets vaccinated and for pet owners to keep an eye out for strange behavior.

    "Tell-tale signs would be lack of motor skills, lack of sense of direction,” said Farah. “Animals act two different ways. There's the aggressive side of rabies, where the animal acts aggressive, and then there is dumb rabies, where they act drunk.”

    Officials also ask for people to keep a tight lid on their trash cans and for owners to try to bring their outdoor pets inside, at least while this alert in in effect.

    As for the dogs involved in the raccoon incident, at least one is under quarantine.

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