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ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week's edition of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of dog parks for you to take you furry friend for some fun.

Recently, dog parks have been sprouting up in the Atlanta area. With newly modified leash law restrictions, owners who may or may not have yards need a place for their dogs to run free and get adequate daily exercise.

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

LOCAL PROFILE: Local firefighter becomes a hero after dog rescue

NORTHWEST METRO – Earlier this week, a Woodstock firefighter became an unexpected hero after rescuing Koko, the schnauzer from a burning home.

Ten year fire rescue veteran, Brian Scudder, began his career in fire rescue in the city of Ellijay. About two years later he moved to the City of Woodstock, where he has been for about eight years. Among his most memorable rescues, as a firefighter, he notes the date he carried out a rescue operation at the Whitestone miner; however, he was unable to free the miners.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned”, he explained.

Every week, Scudder works the normal schedule of a firefighter. The schedule includes 24 hours on the job and 48 hours off.

Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

DALLAS, GA -- Environmental health and animal control officials in Paulding County have a warning for residents of the western portion of the county.

A rabies-positive raccoon was found near Tanner Farm Road in Rockmart. Officials have confirmed that the raccoon had contact with a pet dog, which may have to be put to sleep.

Dog and cat owners are advised to ensure their pets' rabies vaccinations are up-to-date and to avoid raccoons and other wild animals that are acting strange.

Paulding County Animal Control will hold a rabies clinic on Saturday, Mar. 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Paulding Senior Center (54 Industrial Way North, Dallas, 30132). Rabies shots will be offered for $8 (cash only). Dogs must be on a leash; cats should be in a carrier.

For more information, call Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511 or Paulding County Public Health's environmental health office at 770-443-7877.

Grand Re-Opening of Paulding County Animal Shelter

DALLAS, GA -- The Paulding County Animal Shelter (775 Industrial Boulevard North, Dallas, 30132) is having a grand re-opening celebration the weekend of Nov. 19-21.

For the entire weekend, adoption fees will be reduced to $40.

In celebration of the re-opening, there will be a special event on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Braly Sports Complex behind the shelter from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Santa and his live reindeer will be on hand to pose for pictures. There will also be a microchip clinic, vets and groomers, a bake sale and a rabies clinic.

Several items will be raffled off during the event to raise money for the shelter's spay/neuter program. Any donated items will be greatly appreciated.

For more information, call Sgt. Keith Benton with Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511.