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Gaston County has 8th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Sunday September 15, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 70 block of Wade Street Belmont, NC 28012.  The call was in reference to possible rabid animal. Two family dogs fought with a raccoon and the raccoon was killed during encounter. 

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident.  The deceased Raccoon from Wade Street was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Tuesday September 17, 2019 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

The family animals on Wade Street did not have the required rabies vaccinations.  As a result, both dogs were euthanized due to the rabies exposure. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Wade Street and Browntown Rd to notify the community of the positive rabies results and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area.

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 eighth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.