On Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 1:11 pm, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call regarding a positive rabies specimen from the North Carolina State Lab.
On Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 9:04 pm, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement responded to a call for service in the 500 block of Lewis Farm Road in Bessemer City, NC regarding a skunk found in the front yard at a residence. The skunk was foaming at the mouth and appeared to be seizing. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement captured and processed the skunk. The skunk specimen was sent to the State Lab where it tested positive for rabies.
Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvas in the 500 block of Lewis Farm Road, Bessemer City, NC to notify the community of the positive rabies result and to verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified the Gaston County Department Health and Human Services.
The Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement stresses the importance of having an up-to-date rabies vaccination for all of your pets. By keeping your pet’s current on their rabies vaccines, you are protecting them from contracting the disease from wildlife and spreading the disease to your family and other animals and people in the community.
This represents the sixth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.
No further information is available at this time.