A raccoon found in West Lake subdivision in Martinez has tested positive for rabies, and Columbia County authorities are asking residents to keep a close eye on pets and make sure vaccinations are up to date.
Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker said in an e-mail this morning that the dead raccoon was recovered Friday in the yard of a West Lake residence and sent to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Decatur, where test results Tuesday confirmed that it was rabid.
It was the fourth confirmed rabid raccoon in the county this year, Ms. Tucker said.
With more raccoons in populated areas, and rabies cases confirmed in the county this year, pet owners are urged to have their animals vaccinated against rabies and to make sure those vaccinations are current.
“The options are not good once your pet comes in contact with a wild animal,” she said.
If you see a wild animal acting oddly near your home, or if your pet comes in contact with a wild animal, call the Animal Control Department at (706) 541-4077.