On Thursday, Aug. 8, Granville County Animal Control picked up a possibly rabid groundhog on Horner Siding Road in Oxford, near Oxford Park Boulevard. The animal had been killed by a dog which was up to date on its rabies vaccine and has received a booster shot from a veterinarian. Testing on the groundhog, however, proved inconclusive, which is considered a positive result.
As a precautionary measure, Animal Control officers have posted notices to residents of that area and encourage all pet owners to ensure that their animals are up to date on their rabies shots. North Carolina law (G.S. 130A-185) requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets over four months of age be vaccinated.
The Granville County Animal Shelter provides one-year rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from noon until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is only $6.00.
Contact the Shelter, located at 5650 Cornwall Road in Oxford, at 919-693-6749 for more details about how to schedule an appointment for your pet.