For the second time this month, Hall County Animal Control has reported a confirmed case of rabies in the North Hall area.
In the latest case, a rabid raccoon came into contact with a cat in the 5800 block of Gailey Drive in Clermont. The other incident happened less than a week ago in Murrayville.
The raccoon found on Gailey Drive was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab- Virology Section in Decatur. On July 13, Hall County Animal Control was advised that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours, call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.
Overall, this is the fifth confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2021.
Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter, located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville, for $10, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (678) 450-1587.