According to a release issued by the office, “Murray County Environmental Health Manager Jason Osgatharp reported that on Tuesday, August 19, the skunk was found in a pen with the dogs at a residence located on Crandall Ellijay Road, about four miles northeast of Chatsworth.
The skunk was sent to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing and on Wednesday, August 20, the lab confirmed the positive results for rabies.
Though the one dog that was unvaccinated was put to sleep, the other dog was current on its rabies vaccination so it only required a booster shot and will be observed under quarantine for sixty days.
There was no human exposure in this incident.
Osgatharp urges residents to maintain rabies vaccinations in their pets to protect their pets, their loved ones and themselves from rabies.
Murray County residents can get more information about rabies and its prevention by calling their county environmental health office at (706) 695-0266, or by logging on to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website at hwww.cdc.gov/features/rabiessafefamily.”
Murray County Animal Control Director Keith Pritchett also urges residents to have animals vaccinated.
“"Rabies is a serious disease that not only effects our pets but can be transmitted to humans by those pets,” Pritchett said. “Pets are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian to prevent them from acquiring the disease from wildlife. In this area we are surrounded by wildlife so the risks are a lot higher than in most areas."