Douglas County urged caution after neighbors chased, attacked family pets

Atlanta, Ga. (CBS46) – A rabies alert has been issued in Douglas County after several neighbors reported they were chased, and a pet was attacked by an aggressive fox.

Officials said the fox injured a family pet but did not hurt anyone else.

Douglas County Animal Services were called to Mann Road and Richardson Road on June 22, where they found a dead fox in the backyard of a house.

On Friday, the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a news release that a fox tested positive for the rabies virus.

Officials say the pet that was attacked was vaccinated, but will be placed in quarantine for the next 45 days.

Douglas County Animal Services would like to remind the public not to touch or interfere with any wildlife, even if they appear to be healthy or sick.

Family pets should be vaccinated annually against the threat of rabies.

If you notice a rabies vector animal, such as a fox, raccoon, bat, or coyote, acting strange or aggressive, contact animal control immediately at 770-942-5961.