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Gaston County has 11th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Monday September 23, 2019 at approximately 12:00pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 1100 block of Sandy Ford Road Mount Holly, NC 28120.  The call was in reference to possible rabid animal.  Two family dogs 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 Wednesday September 25, 2019 the skunk specimen tested positive for rabies.

The family animals on Sandy Ford Road did have the required rabies vaccinations.  As a result, the dogs received a rabies vaccine booster on September 24, 2019 from a Veterinarian certified in North Carolina. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Sandy Ford Road 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 eleventh confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.