The Madison County Animal Control Department reported the following recent positive reports of rabies:
•Dec. 14, 2012 in the 2100 block of Wesley Chapel Road, Danielsville, dog vs. skunk
•Jan. 8: dog vs. skunk, 300 block of Charles Hart Road, Colbert
•Jan. 8: dog vs. skunk, Faith Valley Church Road, Royston.
•Jan. 8: dog vs. skunk, 600 block of Cooper Road, Comer.
The latest rabies cases mark the fifth consecutive month of confirmed rabid animals in the county.
Animal control officials stress the importance of rabies vaccinations and urge the public to use caution with unknown animals.
Puppies, kittens, and ferrets must be vaccinated at 12 weeks of age. If someone is unsure of the rabies vaccination status on their pet, it is safe to give the animal a booster shot.
Call your local veterinarian or the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter with questions concerning rabies vaccinations.
Georgia state law and the Madison County Animal Control Ordinance require all owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have current rabies vaccinations. The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian to be valid.