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Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

ZEBULON - On July 20, 2017 two dogs at 3251 Kings Road came in contact with a bat. Pike County Animal Control Officer Tanya Perkins took the bat to the Health Department to be sent off for testing, and the bat tested positive for rabies. Luckily, the two dogs were current on their rabies vaccinations.

Rabies can occur in skunks, raccoons, coyotes, foxes and bats according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website. Wild animals with rabies sometimes infect dogs, cats, and livestock. State law requires the vaccination of dogs, cats, and ferrets against rabies on a yearly basis.

If you notice any animals acting strangely or aggressively, do not approach them and call 911. If an animal suspected of rabies is killed, the head is must be preserved so it can be sent off for testing. For more information about rabies, click here.

Submitted 7.25.17