North Georgia Health District officials say two pet dogs in a heavily populated neighborhood in Chatsworth may have been exposed to a skunk that has tested positive for rabies.

The skunk was found dead last week in the yard of a home within a neighborhood off Tom Gregory Drive behind Eton Elementary School.

Officials warn that the skunk was seen a few days earlier in the same neighborhood and any pets there could be exposed to other potentially infected animals. All unvaccinated dogs and cats in the area should receive a rabies shot immediately. Pets overdue for a shot should be vaccinated as well.

There have been no reports of human exposure.

All residents are reminded to maintain rabies vaccinations in their pets and to avoid contact with unfamiliar animals, both wild and domesticated.

To learn more about rabies and how to protect against it, call the local county environmental health office. The number for Murray County Environmental Health is (706) 695-0266, ext. 371.