Rabies and Other
Rabies and Other
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Gwinnett requires a current rabies tag for all cats and dogs. All pet owners should ensure that their pets, including indoor pets, are current on the rabies vaccination.
- Unvaccinated dogs, cats, and ferrets: Placed on strict isolation (under the authority of the local rabies control agency, Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center) for four months for dogs and cats and six months for ferrets. Vaccine to be given upon entry to isolation or one month before release.
- Dogs and cats only who are overdue on their booster vaccinations, and who have had at least one vaccination in their lifetime, should be vaccinated immediately, kept under owners’ control, and observed at home for 45 days for signs of rabies. (For ferrets, refer to #1 above).
- Dogs and cats ONLY without any documentation of a prior vaccine will be placed in strict isolation (under the authority of the local rabies control agency, Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center) for four months for dogs and cats and six months for ferrets. Vaccine to be given upon entry to isolation or one month before release. If there is a strong indication that the animal was previously vaccinated, the Progressive Serological Monitoring (PSM) Protocol may be followed.
The PSM Protocol includes
a.) Owner has an animal evaluated by a vet within 96 hours of exposure to a rabid animal. The animal will be placed under strict isolation until PSM Protocol is completed.
b.) Vet reports animal exposure to Public Health, GRN.
c.) Vet draws the animal’s bold and collects serum for serology testing (day 0).
d.) Vet administers rabies vaccine booster.
e.) Vet draws the animal’s blood and collects serum for serology testing (days 5 – 7).
f.) Rabies epidemiologists and the state public health veterinarian will interpret the results of these tests in conjunction with the laboratory’s own data regarding testing performance. If the rabies epidemiologists and the public health veterinarian determine that the lab results demonstrate an anamnestic response, the animal may complete a 45-day observation at home.
- Animals currently vaccinated will be revaccinated immediately and observed at home under owner’s control for 45 days.
Report any animal acting unusually or if a bite or scratch occurs, call Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center at 770.339.3200.
Protection from rabies:
- Ensure pets get rabies vaccine regularly
- Keep pets on your property
- Don’t leave garbage or pet food outside; it may attract wild or stray animals
- Stay away from wild, sick, hurt, or dead animals; don’t pick up or move sick or hurt animals.
- Remember, it’s illegal and dangerous to keep wild animals like raccoons, rabbits, and foxes as pets
- Teach your children not to go near, tease, or play with wild animals or strange dogs and cats
|Wildlife abounds in Gwinnett and should be left undisturbed in their natural habitat.|
Wild animals, such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, or coyotes, may be dangerous and carry rabies, even though they may not exhibit visible signs or symptoms. Do not try to handle or approach wild animals. Call the center at 770.339.3200 for assistance in trapping wild animals.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is a valuable resource for options on nuisance wildlife, fact sheets, wildlife rehabilitator information, tips on managing land for wildlife, guides on rabies, and much more. For more information, visit GeorgiaWildlife.com.
|Livestock impounded at the Bill Atkinson Animal Welfare Center is subject to a 10-day hold (fees may apply). The animals may be adopted or rescued if the owner does not reclaim the livestock during that time.
Any livestock captured using tranquilizers or darting drugs is not allowed to be slaughtered for consumption.
For more information on handling livestock, please refer to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance.
Dead Animal Removal
To request removal, email DeadAnimalRemoval@GwinnettCounty.com or call 770.339.3200. Include specific information regarding the animal's location, the street number, the closest intersection, and nearby landmarks. Please include your name and phone number in case additional information is needed. Dead animal removal typically occurs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Whenever possible, animals should be brought to the animal shelter for disposal..
To report dead animals on state roadways, call the Georgia Department of Transportation at 404.631.1990 during regular business hours.Pet owners may bring their deceased animal to the shelter for disposal (fees may apply). Private property owners must dispose of a carcass in accordance with state House Bill no. 225, Act no. 557.