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Gaston County has 7th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Thursday 09/03/2019 at approximately 8:50am Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received calls from 1200 block of Hardin Road Dallas, NC 28034.  The call was in reference to possible rabid animals. 

In the area of 1200 block of Hardin Road Dallas, NC 28034 a family dog fought with a skunk and during the fight the homeowner killed the wildlife. 

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident.  The deceased skunk from Hardin Road was impounded on 09/03/2019 and was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  The results for the skunk was received on 09/05/2019 at approximately 11:49am and this specimen was positive for rabies.

The family animal on Hardin Road was not vaccinated and euthanized due to the rabies exposure.  Other farm animals were also located at this residence; North Carolina Department of Agriculture will evaluate the farm animals on 09/06/2019 for signs of rabies exposure. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Hardin Road to notify the community of the positive rabies results and verify rabies vaccination for family animals.

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 seventh confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.