A cat that attacked a person on Saturday, June 10, in the 6500 block of Barker Station Walk in Buford has tested positive for rabies.
According to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement, this is the second cat to test positive for the virus in Buford. Animal welfare and enforcement and the Gwinnett County Health Department advise residents to use caution and avoid animals behaving in unusual ways.
Anyone bitten or scratched by any stray animal or suspected rabid animal should seek treatment immediately. To report an animal and have it picked up, call the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576. For assistance after regular business hours, call the non-emergency dispatch at 770-513-5700.
Pet owners are strongly advised to ensure their pets are current on the rabies vaccination. According to the National Association of State Health Veterinarians, unvaccinated dogs and cats exposed to a rabid animal must be strictly quarantined for four months and vaccinated one month prior to being released.