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Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

Positive Rabies Alert in North Hall, First of 2011

According to the Hall County Government, on January 11th in the Dawn Ridge area of North Hall, there was contact between a raccoon and a dog. The raccoon was shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab – Virology Section in Decatur on Jan. 13. On Jan. 14, Hall County Animal Services was advised that the raccoon was positive for rabies. This is the first confirmed case of 2011.

Positive Rabies Alert in South Hall County

Atlanta, GA--  Hall County has announced that there is a positive case of rabies that is being reported from an incident that occured on November 3rd between a skunk and a dog.  The incident happened in the Summerset Drive area of South Hall, and the skunk was shipped to the Georgia Public health Lab in Decatur for further testing.  On November 5th, Hall County was notified that the skunk was positive for rabies.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid skunk was located. If you live in this area or you see an animal acting abnormally in the Summerset Drive area, contact Hall County Animal Services at 770-531-6830 or during non-working hours call Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.

Animal owners are encouraged to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.

First Lake Lanier Pet Fest on Sept. 25th

Next week, the first Lake Lanier Pet Fest will take place at Laurel Park (3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville) on September 25-26. This family and pet-friendly event is expected to draw thousands from Atlanta, Athens, Gainesville and the North Georgia Mountains to see the nationally-sanctioned Dixie Dock Dogs diving competition, which starts on Friday. Admission is $5 per car, per day; additional charges will be assessed for some activities.

A variety of talented local and national artists will perform live music on the shores of Lake Lanier, with this year’s headliner Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls; a folk rock duo that met during high school in Metro Atlanta.

The festival will feature herding and agility dog demonstrations, inflatable fun for the kids, and pets available for adoption.