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Rabid raccoon found in Lilburn

LILBURN -- A rabid raccoon was found in Lilburn on Tuesday, Gwinnett County officials said.

The raccoon, which tested positive for rabies at a state laboratory, was located at 525 Holy Ridge Rd. The officials also said two raccoons in Buford last month tested positive for rabies.

If you or your child have been bitten or scratched by any stray animals, or if you know of anyone handling a rabid animal, call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576.

Officials said rabid animals may act tame, or display strange or unusual behavior. They may act aggressive, avoid food and water, foam at the mouth, or have trouble moving. Officials recommend staying away from any unknown animals, especially wildlife.

Other tips include making sure your pets get regular rabies shots, keep pets on your property and do not leave garbage or pet food outside.

If you find a wild, sick, or hurt animal, call Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770-513-5100.