STOCKBRIDGE— The Henry County Animal Care and Control Department in conjunction with the Henry County Board of Health Department has issued a 45-day Rabies Alert, as required by the Georgia Rabies Control Manual, for a half-mile area surrounding Chip Place in Stockbridge.

The alert is the result of a June 20 incident in which a raccoon was killed by two dogs. The remains of the raccoon later tested positive for the rabies virus by the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.

During this alert, residents living within this area should make sure that all of their companion animals have a current rabies vaccination. If not, vaccinations should be made current as soon as possible. Additionally, residents should be vigilant of the behavior of not only their own pets, but of surrounding wildlife such as foxes, skunks and raccoons, that are acting in an unusual manner.

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