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Gaston County Confirmed Rabies Case

On Saturday, April 14th, 2019 the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from a citizen in the area of the 800 block of Unity Church Rd who reported that their dog killed a raccoon.

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the raccoon. The raccoon was processed for rabies testing and was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  The official laboratory results were received on April 16, 2019. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services has been notified and the Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists began a canvass of the immediate areas where the animal was located to advise residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of their owners and community.

No further information is available at this time.