A resident on Pleasant Arbor Road in Waleska shot the raccoon April 5 because it was behaving aggressively on the resident’s property, said Curtis Barnhart, Cherokee County Environmental Health manager.
The raccoon then lunged at the resident and was intercepted by the dog who defended its owner. The resident was unharmed but the dog was bitten by the raccoon in the process.
The owner immediately took the dog to be treated by a veterinarian, and Animal Control was called in to remove the dead raccoon.
The raccoon tested positive for rabies April 9, after tests were conducted by the Georgia State Public Health Laboratory.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccine and only needed a booster shot. The dog will also have to be kept under quarantine at home for a 45-day period.
Health officials urged residents to protect against rabies by maintaining up-to-date vaccinations and avoiding contact with unfamiliar animals, both wild and domestic.
For more information about rabies and prevention, the Cherokee County Environmental Health Office can be reached by phone at (770) 479-0444, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be accessed online at www.cdc.gov.