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Gaston County Has 5th and 6th Confirmed Rabies Cases of 2019

On Thursday 08/22/2019 at approximately 2:55pm and on Sunday 8/25/2019 at 6:45am the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received calls from 400 block of Alexis High Shoals Road Dallas, NC 28034 and from 100 block of Carrie Elizabeth Court Gastonia, NC 28056.  Both calls were in reference to possible rabid animals. 

In the area of 400 block of Alexis High Shoals Road a fox was rolling around in the back yard of the residence, but no exposure to animals or persons occurred.  In the area of 100 Carrie Elizabeth Court two family dogs fought with a raccoon and killed the wildlife. 

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated both incidents.  The fox from Alexis High Shoals Road was impounded on 08/22/2019.  The deceased raccoon from Carrie Elizabeth Ct was impounded on 8/25/2019.  Both specimens were sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  The results for the fox were received on 8/26/2019 at approximately 4:18pm and the results on the raccoon were received on 8/27/2019 at approximately 12:03pm.  Both of these specimens were positive for rabies.

The fox on Alexis High Shoals Road was tested due to another positive rabies case involving a fox less than a half mile away, two weeks’ prior.  The deceased raccoon was tested due to the interaction with family animals.

The family animals on Carrie Elizabeth were current on their rabies vaccinations and the family was directed to a local registered North Carolina Veterinarian to receive a rabies vaccination booster. 

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement has notified the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, Wildlife Management Division about these cases and has been in direct contact with the Certified Wildlife Biologist for this area.

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Pindal Circle, Ballard Drive, and Alexis High Shoals Rd and we completed a canvass was in the area of Carrie Elizabeth, New Port Landing Way, Springwater Drive, Autumn Chase and Ellis Court to notify the community of the positive rabies results.

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 fifth and sixth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.