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Gaston County has 16th Confirmed Rabies Case of 2019

On Sunday November 29, 2019 at approximately 10:30am Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 100 block of Z.A. Hunter Road Bessemer City, NC 28016.  The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal.  A family dog killed a skunk.     

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident.  The deceased skunk was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Monday December 3, 2019 the skunk specimen tested positive for rabies.

Unfortunately the dog 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 Z.A. Hunter Road Bessemer City, 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 animal owners and community.

This represents the sixteenth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.