Rabid skunk found in south White County

7th confirmed rabies case this year

There are now seven confirmed rabies cases in White County so far in 2018.

Late last week, three dogs encountered a skunk near their home on Bill Presley Road, in the Mossy Creek area in southern White County.

County environmental health manager Sean Sullivan said the dogs’ owner had let them out to relieve themselves, and they returned reeking of skunk odor.

“The homeowners found the dead skunk in the yard the next morning,” he said.

Sullivan sent the skunk’s remains to the state public health lab with expedited shipping on Friday, since Monday was a government holiday. The results came back Tuesday, showing that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

Sullivan said two of the dogs had no record of rabies vaccination and one of them did. All three dogs are currently under quarantine.

Warning signs are being posted in the neighborhood where the skunk was found, and all pet owners in White County are urged to get their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies, which is required by Georgia law.

For more information about rabies, contact White County Environmental Health, 706-348-7698.

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