The Madison County Animal Control office has reported two more recent rabies cases:
•Jan. 21 at the 2400 block of Hwy 174, Danielsville. A rabid skunk in a dog pen was shot by a home owner.
•Jan. 28 at the 600 block of Sewell Mill Road, Ila. A rabid raccoon was killed by dogs.
There have been positive rabies reports for five consecutive month in Madison County.
Animal control officials stress the importance of rabies vaccinations and urge the public to use caution with unknown animals.
Puppies, kittens, and ferrets must be vaccinated at 12 weeks of age. If someone is unsure of the rabies vaccination status on their pet, it is safe to give the animal a booster shot.
Call your local veterinarian or the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter with questions concerning rabies vaccinations.
Georgia state law and the Madison County Animal Control Ordinance require all owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have current rabies vaccinations.
The vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian to be valid.