A rabid raccoon attacked a dog in a Buford neighborhood Monday, June 20, according to Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement.

The attack happened in the Pebblebrook Court and Arden Drive area of Buford off Thompson Mill Road. Animal welfare took the animal to be tested for rabies and on Tuesday, the test results came back positive.

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement and the Gwinnett County Health Department are urging area residents to be cautious and to make sure that their pets have an up-to-date rabies vaccine.

Other tips offered to residents to help protect against the rabies virus are to not leave trash or pet food outside, stay away from wild, sick or hurt animals and if an animal is acting unusual contact Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement immediately.

The rabies virus, if left untreated can prove fatal to humans. Early symptoms of rabies include a headache, fever and general weakness or discomfort.

If you think you have been exposed, seek medical care immediately. To report the animal and have it picked up, please call the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576. For after hours, contact Dispatch non-emergency at 770-513-5700.

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