4th raccoon tests positive for rabies in Columbia Co.

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- A fourth raccoon has tested positive for rabies in Columbia County this summer.

A man living in the Rockdale Road area of Martinez came across an aggressive raccoon in his backyard on July 24. The man shot the raccoon, and it was taken to the lab on Monday for testing. The test results came back on Wednesday.

The first incident happened in April when a raccoon tested positive for rabies after being found on Old Blythe Road.

A second raccoon tested positive after attacking a dog near Gay Road on July 13.

A third raccoon was found July 19 after being killed by two dogs in the Macks Road area.

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

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