It's a word no pet owner want to hear: Rabies. But a recent incident in Chatsworth has Murray County animal officials on alert.
"We did have a person bring us a cat that had scratched and bitten her and her boyfriend, we sent it off for testing, and it came back positive from Environmental Health for the rabies virus," says Diane Franklin, Murray County Animal Control Director.
Murray County Animal Services says the case is isolated but will continue to keep watch for more incidents.
"We always know there is rabies in the area, it is alive and active in the area. If you call us and we encounter an animal we are going to question whether that animal is currently vaccinated if not you will receive a citation for appearance in Magistrate Court," says Walker.
Animal services along with the Murray County Humane Society are getting proactive this week, holding a series of low cost vaccinations.
"I think that it scares you if you have animals already and they are running loose, you should be very concerned about rabies for the ones that you already have and that's why the vaccination is so important," says Murray County Animal Shelter volunteer Karen Coulter.
"This is so dangerous to pets, but mainly, it is dangerous to people and if we get a lot of dogs vaccinated, I believe everybody in the community can rest better and just feel more safe," says veterinarian Dr. William Mathis.
Pet owners are ready to do their part to keep the disease in check.
"I've known always that it is important to get your dog vaccinated and if they are not spayed to make sure that you also get them spayed so that we don't have any more outbreaks," says Melissa Newberry.
"It only takes one minute. The rabies is a very unique in that when you give it its probably the most effective vaccine in America," says Dr. Mathis.https://www.facebook.com/MurrayCountyHumaneSociety