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Pet owners need to take precaution over rabies

June 26, 2014 -- 4:25 p.m.

By Tori Hughes

With positive cases of rabies showing up in Georgia, residents are advised to take action.

Rabies is spread when a rabid animal bites another.  Many times the animals being bitten are family pets.

Spokesman for Northwest Georgia Public Health Logan Boss explained that rabies is a viral disease that circulates in wild mammals like raccoons, foxes and bats.

But there is a way to lower the risk of your pet getting rabies.

“Getting your pets vaccinated against rabies is the single best way to protect yourself. It’s important to do it for your pet’s protection, for our protection, and also because it’s state law.”

Rabies vaccinations for your pet can be administered by a veterinarian. If you see an animal suspected of having rabies, call the local animal control.