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Gaston County has 12th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Sunday September 29, 2019 at approximately 7:45pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 2400 block of Sugar Lane Gastonia, NC 28056.  The call was in reference to possible rabid animal.  A family cat fought with a raccoon. The raccoon was killed during this incident.    

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident.  The deceased raccoon was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Tuesday October 1, 2019 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

The 12 year old cat on Sugar Lane did have the required rabies vaccinations; however, the cat was seriously injured during the fight and ran off.  Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement along with the community on Sugar Lane searched for the cat.  The cat is described as orange and white, weighing 13 pounds.  If you see or find this cat in the area of Sugar Lane, call Gaston County Communications, 704-866-3300.  A trap was set at the animal owner’s residence.    

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Sugar Lane 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 twelfth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.


The cat from Sugar Lane has returned home and receiving it’s rabies booster from a Veterinarian licensed in NC.