published Monday, February 11th, 2013

Gilmer County dog exposed to rabid raccoon

A Siberian husky in Gilmer County, Ga., was found with a dead raccoon that later tested positive for rabies on a road near the Gilmer-Fannin County line, health officials said.

The dog’s owner found the male dog with the raccoon Thursday on Willard Mountain Road near Big Creek and Double Gap roads, Gilmer County environmental health officials said in a news release.

No humans were exposed to the raccoon, and the dog had a current rabies vaccination, Andrea Martin, the county’s environmental health manager, said.

“This is a happy ending as opposed to what could have been a very unhappy one,” she said. “And it’s all due to the owners responsibly keeping their pet current on its rabies vaccination.”

The only treatment required for the dog was a rabies booster shot and a 45-day observation period, Martin said.

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