A rabid fox chased a couple riding on a four-wheeler recently in northern Madison County.
Beth Harmon of the Madison County Animal Control Department said that that a fox chased a couple on four-wheeler at the 1700 block of Young Harris Road.
The man on the four-wheeler shot the fox, which later tested positive for rabies. The people on the four-wheeler were not bitten or exposed to rabies, Harmon said.
Animal control officials remind citizens that 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.