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Gaston County Has 3rd Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Wednesday 08/06/2019 at approximately 7:13pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 700 block of King Arthur Drive Gastonia, NC 28056.  The resident detailed the family dog and a raccoon fought.  The family dog was in a fenced area and the raccoon was outside the perimeter of fence. 

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the raccoon on 08/06/2019. 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 08/09/2019 at approximately 4:40pm. 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 in this incident was current on its rabies vaccination and was seen on 08/08/2019 by a local registered North Carolina Veterinarian to receive a booster.  Two other animals live at this residence and are current on rabies vaccinations. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of King Arthur Drive Gastonia, NC 28056 on 08/09/2019 to notify the community of the positive rabies result.

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement unit stress 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 third confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.