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Gaston County has 10th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Monday September 23, 2019 at approximately 12:00am Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 340 block of Narrow Gauge Rd Dallas, NC 28034.  The call was in reference to possible rabid animal.  An Australian Cattle Dog fought with a skunk. The skunk was killed during this incident.    

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident.  The deceased skunk was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Tuesday September 24, 2019 the skunk specimen tested positive for rabies.

The dog that fought with the skunk was a stray in the area of Narrow Gauge and Philadelphia Church Road.  Animal Care and Enforcement has set traps in the area to capture the stray animal.  We are asking anyone missing an Australian Cattle Dog that is a neutered male, please contact Gaston County Communication, 704-866-3300.  

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Narrow Gauge Rd and Philadelphia Church 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 tenth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.