HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - The Henry County Animal Care and Control Department has issued a Rabies Alert for McDonough residents after a raccoon tested positive for the disease.
Authorities said they recovered the body of a raccoon that was killed by a dog last Wednesday. The Georgia Public Health Laboratory tested the remains and found the raccoon had the virus.
Residents within a half-mile radius around the 1200 block of O'Hara Drive in McDonough are now under a 45-day Rabies Alert.
Officials said during the alert, animal owners should check to make sure their pets are up-to-date on the rabies vaccine. They should also be vigilant when taking their animals outside and should never let them roam unsupervised or without a leash.
Residents are also being advised to report any wildlife which might be acting unusual in the area.
For more information, visit hcacc.org.