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Gaston County has 13th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Sunday October 20, 2019 at approximately 5:45pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement unit received a call from 1100 block of Oakwood Drive Belmont, NC 28012.  The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal.  A family dog was playing with a deceased raccoon.    

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 22, 2019 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

A neighbor witnessed the German Shepard playing with a raccoon by throwing it up into the air and alerted the owner.  It is unclear how the raccoon died.  The Adult German Shepard did not have the required rabies vaccinations and was euthanized.  Civil citations were issued for failure to rabies vaccinate an animal and failure to purchase county tags.

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Oakwood Drive Belmont, NC to notify the community of the positive rabies results and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area.

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified Gaston County Department Health and Human Services for their regular follow up investigation.

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 thirteenth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.