Dog tests positive for rabies near River Road in Columbus

Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 3:23 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A dog near River Road in Columbus tested positive for rabies, according to the Columbus Health Department.

The dog was from the 43rd Street area - west of River Road. The health department says the dog was tested on March 23 by the state laboratory.

Officials say the dog was attacked by a raccoon in this area in early March.

Residents in the area are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Do not pick up or handle any stray or wild animals.
  • Report any animal bites and/or scratches to Columbus Animal Care & Control Center AND the Columbus Environmental Health Office.
  • Contact Columbus Animal Care & Control Center to report any animals which are behaving strangely or aggressively.
  • If your animal is behaving strangely or is injured, contact your vet.
  • Teach children about the dangers of stray and wild animals.

If you are bitten or scratched by any animal:

  • 1. Wash and rinse the wound thoroughly for several minutes
  • 2. Apply a disinfectant
  • 3. Seek medical attention immediately
  • 4. Report the bite/scratch to Columbus Animal Care & Control Center or the Columbus Environmental Health Office at 706-653-4512.