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Chatham County dog tests positive for rabies

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At least eight Chatham County residents, including three civilians and several Savannah Chatham Animal Control officers, are undergoing preventive treatment for rabies after being exposed to a family dog that tested positive for the disease, according to Chatham County Health Dept. officials.

The dog, a gray and white bull mix, was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations and was at large between Causton Bluff Road and Utah Street on the Eastside of Chatham County on Jan. 1.

Chatham County Environmental Health officials advise residents to get all pets vaccinated. It's the law and not only protects pets but also family members and others who might come in contact with the pets. 

The Chatham County Health Dept. Environmental Health Division offers the following tips to protect you and your family from rabies:

  • Avoid contact with animals you don't know. 
  • Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines by four months of age, followed by a booster shot one year later, and another one every one or three years depending on the type of vaccine used. 
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out at night. 
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to help. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance. 
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. "Love your own, leave other animals alone" is a good principle for children to learn. 

If an animal ever bites you, seek medical care immediately and contact the Chatham County Animal Control at 912.525.2408 or the Chatham County Health Dept. Environmental Health Division at 912.356.2160.

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