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Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 02/15/2008 - 5:30pm.

COLUMBUS COUNTY -- A rabies case involving a family dog in Columbus County marks the county's first of the year. Last week a raccoon tested positive for rabies after biting a Labrador retriever. According to state and county law, pet owners should have their dogs and cats at four months old vaccinated, and vaccinate every year thereafter. The spread of the disease increases as the weather gets warmer. Columbus County Animal Control Director Rossie Hayes said, "If a dog comes in contact with a rabid animal and they are unvaccinated, you've got two choices: take it to a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense for six months; the second one is we take the dog and just put him down." For more information on what to look out for you can contact the shelter directly at 910-641-3945.

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