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North Georgia Man and Dog Attacked by Rabid Skunk, Public Health Advisory in Effect

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North Georgia Man and Dog Attacked by Rabid Skunk, Public Health Advisory in Effect

Officials say a North Georgia man and his dog were attacked by a wild animal and his dog had to be euthanized as a result.

WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) – Officials say a North Georgia man and his dog were attacked by a wild animal and his dog had to be euthanized as a result.

North Georgia Health District has issued a public health advisory for North Murray and Whitfield Counties. Deputies say there have been several incidents of wild skunks chasing people and their pets in the last few weeks and so far two skunks have tested positive for rabies.

“Foaming at the mouth, they’d be very aggressive, of course not worried about eating so they’ll be like real dirty nasty,” said David Hedden, Whitfield County Rabies Control Officer.

Rabies Control Officer David Hedden answered the call on Riverdale Road in Whitfield County.

“He said there was a skunk, it was chasing him and his dog around and it actually had latched on to the dogs face,” said Hedden.

The skunk then turned on the man aggressively spraying, while trying to bite him around his ankles.

“It was pretty aggressive, this guy was an older gentleman about 79-years-old and it was actually pulling on his pants leg and pulling on his shoe strings and he didn’t know what to think,” said Hedden. “It actually scared him pretty bad, luckily he did not get bit.”

The man shot it dead and it later tested positive for rabies. Sadly the injured dog had to be put down as a result. Continue Reading

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