Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -
Animal control officers set traps around a Lee County home today to catch feral cats after a rabid fox attack.
The man who lives there asked for help getting rid of the cats.
After he was attacked by the fox as he fed the cats. And a deputy was attacked as well he wants the cats gone.
Coleman says he has been feeding those cats for more than ten years and considers some of them as pets but their food may have attracted the rabid fox a reminder that you should refrain from feeding any stray animals or feral cats outdoors and even make sure to put all food away if you feed your own pet outdoors.
Today Lee County animal control officers put out traps to catch the feral cats around Willie Coleman's trailer on Ledo road.
He says he's been feeding the stray cats for 15 years..but after a horrible experience over the weekend, he's learned an important lesson.
"I'm not going to come out here and feed no cat," said Coleman.
Sunday a rabid fox attacked Coleman as he was feeding the cats. He eventually got away from the fox and called 911.
When a Lee County deputy arrived the fox attacked him too. That means Coleman and the officer have to undergo a series of shots since to protect them from rabies.
"They shot me in the hip there and shot me in there," said Coleman.
Coleman goes back for his second treatment tomorrow and he says he's not looking forward to it.
"Did it hurt, oh that hurt," said Coleman.
Environmental health director Dewayne Tanner says the treatment is a four to five shot series that can be pretty pricey.
But thanks to the advances in modern medicines..there has been a dramatic drop in rabies cases in people since the 1940's
"In 2008 there were 27 cases of rabies in the United States," said Dewayne Tanner, Environmental Health Director.
Rabies vaccines have also helped keep it out of the pet population as well but feral cats continue to be a problem, so Coleman has a word of advice for other people who may be tempted to feed cats as well.
"Make sure you have a gun on you, make sure it's loaded too," said Coleman.
Raccoons are the most common wild animals infected with rabies in the United States. Skunks, foxes, bats, and coyotes are the other most frequently affected.
Cats are the most common domestic animals with rabies in the United States... a reminder not to feed or come into contact with feral cats.