Alabama health officials announced last week that the state’s Department of Public Health, or ADPH, had tested and confirmed 2 suspected rabies cases in northern Shelby County. The animals were found within a 5-mile area of one another.
One of the animals was a cat found in the Indian Springs area. The agency did not disclose if the cat was someone’s pet or a stray.
The other animal was a raccoon that was witnessed fighting with a dog in the Heatherwood subdivision. The agency did not say if the dog had been captured or whether it was a pet or a stray.
Alabama, like nearly all other U.S. states, requires dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated. It is not known if the dog seen fighting with the raccoon was current with its vaccinations.
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