Leon County Animal Control is encouraging residents to protect themselves and pets from rabies after cases of rabies have surfaced.
Last year Leon County Animal Control responded to 8,000 service calls, 500 of them animal bite calls. In the past four months Animal Control has investigated ten cases of raccoon to dog contact, finding three raccoons to test positive for rabies.
Rabies can be fatal. Here are some tips to prevent the spread of rabies:
- Keep your pets rabies vaccinations current.
- Keep children and pets away from wildlife.
- Keep pets indoors, if possible.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Do not leave food outside or accessible to wildlife.
- Florida law mandates dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.
- Georgia law says all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies as well.