published Friday, August 30th, 2013

2 dogs exposed to rabies in Gilmer County

One of two dogs that fought and killed a rabid raccoon in Gilmer County, Ga., did not have a current vaccination and will be euthanized, local officials said today.

The two Labrador retriver-mix dogs killed the raccoon Sunday, according to a news release from county environmental health manager Andrea Martin. Rabies was confirmed Aug. 28 after testing at the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.No human was exposed to the animal, Martin said.

One dog had a current rabies vaccination, she said. That dog will be re-vaccinated and observed at home for 45 days. The other dog will be euthanized.

The VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital in Ellijay will conduct low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on Sept. 28. The cost is $10. For more information, visit http://nghd.org/Public-Service-Announcements/reduced-rate-rabies-shots-at-vaccinication-clinic-in-e-ellijay.html.

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