Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement is issuing a rabies alert after a cat tested positive in the state's laboratory.
The cat was picked up from Carlton Cove Court in the unincorporated area of Loganville. The increased concern of neighbors was the close proximity to two J.C. Magill Elementary and Grace Snell Middle School, which are also near Snellville.
Officer R. Weldon with the county welfare and enforcement team said the cat was a domestic cat that spent time outside and returned showing symptoms of the rabies. The state laboratory has now confirmed the animal was infected.
Officials suggest that if you or anyone you know has been bitten or scratched by any stray animal, or if you know of anyone handling this animal please call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Office at 770.339.3200 ext. 5576.
From the Gwinnett County Site:
What does a rabid animal look like?
Rabid animals may act tame. They may also display strange or unusual behavior. They may act aggressive, avoid food and water, foam at the mouth, or have trouble moving. Stay away from any unknown animals, especially wildlife. Report any animal acting unusual to Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770.513.5100.
How can I help protect myself and my family from rabies?
- Make sure your pets get their rabies shots regularly
- Keep your pets on your property
- Do not leave garbage or pet food outside. Food left out may attract wild or stray animals
- Stay away from wild, sick, hurt, or dead animals. Do not pick up or move sick or hurt animals. If you find a wild, sick, or hurt animal, call Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770.513.5100
- Do not keep wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes as pets. It is dangerous and also illegal
- Teach your children not to go near, tease, or play with wild animals or strange dogs and cats