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Gaston County Has 2nd Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Friday 07/05/2019 at approximately 5:37pm the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from 300 block of Carr Road Dallas, NC 28034.  The resident detailed the family dog and a raccoon fought as the raccoon ran across their property.  The raccoon ran off after fighting with the family dog.  A dead raccoon was found in a neighbor’s yard on 07/05/2019 at approximately 8:44pm in the same 300 block of Carr Road Dallas, NC 28034. 

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the raccoon on 07/05/2019. 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 07/09/2019 at approximately 1:31pm. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services was notified since the resident and dog live at the residence.  The dog that killed the raccoon was current on its rabies vaccination and was seen on 07/05/2019 by a local registered North Carolina Veterinarian to receive a booster.  No other animal lives at this residence. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Carr Road Dallas, NC 28034 on 07/09/2019 to notify the community of the positive rabies result.

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement unit 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.

This represents the second confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.