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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is alerting residents that a fox found on Burntleaf Place in Greensboro tested positive for the rabies virus on May 25, 2011.  This is the fifth case of confirmed rabies in 2011.The fox had contact with one person. (more…)

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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Guilford County Child Fatality Prevention Team/Community Child Protection Team (CFPT/CCPT) will present its 9th annual “Safety Makes Cents” award to a local teen safe driver program called VIP for a VIP. The award, which includes a monetary citation of $1,000 for outstanding work in the field of injury prevention, will be presented during the Team’s June 16th meeting.

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Friday, May 20th, 2011

Guilford County Department of Public Health (GCDPH) will continue to collaborate with the Alabama-North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (PTC), thanks to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant.  (more…)

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Friday, May 20th, 2011

Guilford County Animal Control (GCAC) is reminding residents that leaving pets in parked, locked vehicles in warm weather could be very dangerous for the animal.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), it only takes ten minutes on an 85-degree day for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees, even if the windows have been left open an inch or two.  Within 30 minutes, the automobile interior can reach 120 degrees.  Even when the temperature outside is 70 degrees, the inside car temperature may be as much as 20 degrees hotter.  GCAC reminds pet owners that leaving the windows cracked or leaving water in the vehicle for the pet to drink is not sufficient to keep the animal safe in the vehicle.  Animals do not sweat so their body temperature heats up quickly making them at risk of overheating (hyperthermia), heatstroke and death.
GCAC strongly encourages residents to leave their pets at home in warm weather. Leaving an animal in a hot vehicle is not only unfair and unsafe for the animal but may end in damage to the vehicle or animal cruelty citations.  GCAC officers will take measures to rescue an animal found in a closed locked vehicle, and will involve law enforcement if necessary for the pet’s well being.  GCAC will also attempt to educate the owner regarding the dangers of pets in vehicles.
Pets need fresh water daily, food and secure shelter and should be protected from heat-related injuries just as people do.  Pets should not be left in closed, locked vehicles even for a few minutes. Doing so may result in fatal consequences for your pet.
For more information, call Guilford County Animal Control at 641-5990.

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