3rd raccoon tests positive for rabies in Columbia Co.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- A third raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Columbia County this year.

Pam Tucker, director of the Emergency and Operations Division, says two dogs killed the raccoon in the Macks Road area on July 19. The animal was tested on Monday and results came back on Wednesday.

The dogs involved in the incident were up to date on their rabies vaccinations. They will receive booster shots and will be quarantined for 45 days.

The first incident happened in April when a raccoon tested positive for rabies after being found on Old Blythe Road. A second happened near Gay Road on July 13. Both of the dogs involved had to be euthanized because they did not have their rabies vaccinations.

Health officials in Columbia County are asking residents to make sure their animals are vaccinated against rabies.

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