Rabid fox reported in Whitfield County

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – One fox tested positive for rabies in Whitfield County.

About a month ago, Whitfield County was contacted by Cahutta Police on a fox possibly infected with the rabies virus.

Whitfield County Rabies Control Officer David Hedden says what’s really concerning is that the fox was found nearby an elementary school. He says more rabies cases have been reported over the last several months than over the last five years, and that this is the first fox since then.

Hedden states rabies cases have most often occurred in skunks and raccoons, as they are more social. He says the fox case is concerning as they are loners and the agency worries that there may be more.

“You know we had the fire on Rocky Face Mountain and Grassy Mountain. It’s just pushed those animals down into this area. Animals that we’re not used to seeing now in this area.” said David Hedden, Whitfield County Rabies Control Officer.

The agency urges everyone to get their pets vaccinated.

While you can get your pet vaccinated at any time, an open event is being held next Saturday.

RABIES REDUCED VACCINATION SCHEDULE 2017
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017
REDUCED RABIES VACCINATIONS WILL BE GIVEN AT THE FOLLOWING VETERINARIANS’ OFFICES.
REDUCED COST IS $12.00.

Animal Hospital of Whitfield County
1306 North Thornton Avenue
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Dalton Animal Care South
1022 South Hamilton Street
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Dalton Animal Care North
2685 Cleveland Highway
8:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Higdon Animal Hospital
1604 Hickory Street
8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AND CATS IN A PET CARRIER.
Distemper, parvo and other vaccines are available also. Prices vary for these vaccines.

https://www.facebook.com/WhitfieldCountyGA/

Categories: Local News, Whitfield County

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *