Rabies confirmed in racoon in Newnan

by Staff Reports - news@newnan.com

On Friday, a Newnan resident reported seeing a raccoon in their yard acting strangely and then running towards them.

Newnan Animal Warden Cyndi Hoffman went to the residence were the raccoon was caught. The body was sent to the lab, where results came back positive for rabies, said Gina Snider, city public information officer, Wednesday morning. The animal warden is urging residents to check their vet records and make sure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are current, according to Snider.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Greenville Street and Nimmons Street.

"These vaccinations are critical to your families' and your pets' well-being," said Hoffman. "People do not realize the long and intense treatments needed for humans if they are bitten by a rabid animal. When symptoms occur, it is too late. Rabies has a 99 percent fatality rate for humans and animals." Hoffman reminds residents of the city's leash law and vaccination law. Citations will be issued if residents are caught breaking these laws. The ordinances are available online at www.cityofnewnan.org . Newnan residents can report animal-related issues to city animal control at 770-254-2355, ext. 163.



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