Rabid raccoon reported in Gainesville

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GAINESVILLE — Hall County officials are reporting recent contact between a rabid raccoon and a dog in the 5000 block of Graham Circle in Gainesville.

The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur. Hall County Animal Control was advised Thursday that the raccoon tested positive for rabies. This is the third confirmed case of rabies in Hall County in 2022.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located. If you see an animal acting abnormally in the area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours, call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter, located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville, for $10, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (678) 450-1587.