Officials urge area residents to report recent bites or scratches from stray cats
Jan 08, 2014 | 1240 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Murray County Sheriff's Office Animal Control and the Murray County Humane Society will host an Emergency Rabies Clinic at Tractor Supply, Chatsworth, on Thursday and Friday, January 9th and 10th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

One year rabies vaccine will be $10 with other vaccines available. In light of the recent discovery of a rabid cat in South Murray County, all are urged to vaccine their pets against the rabies virus.

Murray County Environmental Health officials announced today that on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, a stray cat bit and scratched two persons who live in the 5700 block of Old Federal Road South, Chatsworth, Georgia. One of the persons bitten took the cat to Murray County Animal Control where Jason Osgatharp, environmental health county manager, made the determination to have the cat tested because it exhibited abnormal behavior.

The cat was submitted to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and positive test results for rabies were received last week.

According to the persons bitten, the cat would “show up” at their home about once a month.The rabid cat was black with a white chin, weighed about ten pounds, and appeared otherwise healthy. Those living in or near the 5700 block of Old Federal Road South should report any bites or scratches from stray cats which occurred within the past month, especially if the stray fits this description. Call the Murray County Environmental Health Office at 706-695-0266, extension 8.

The persons who were bitten have started post-rabies exposure treatment.Five other cats at the residence, all of which are unvaccinated, will be euthanized.For more information about rabies and its prevention, log onto the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at

Pet owners are encouraged to vaccinate their animals and are reminded that it is state law in Georgia that pets be vaccinated against rabies.For more information contact the Murray County Humane Society or Animal Control.