Harlem fox had rabies

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:09 PM
Last updated 8:02 PM
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A fox that attacked two Harlem pets was confirmed today to be infected with rabies, according to Columbia County Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker.

A resident shot the fox Monday after it attacked a dog and cat owned by another homeowner. The fox was then sent to a state Health Department lab in Atlanta for testing, where positive results were confirmed today. Both pets that came in contact with the fox had been properly vaccinated.

Pet owners, Mrs. Tucker added, should keep their pets’ vaccinations up to date and be on the lookout for wild animals behaving suspiciously. The fox was the fourth confirmed rabies case in Columbia County this year. During 2008, there were a record of 12 cases involving eight raccoons, two bats, one coyote and one fox.

A rabies vaccination clinic – costing just $5 per animal – will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Dogwood Spay-Neuter Clinic, 6100 Columbia Road, Grovetown.

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