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Gaston County has 1st Confirmed Rabies Case of 2020

On Friday January 2, 2020 at 4:16pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 300 block of Armstrong Park Road Gastonia, NC 28056.  The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal.  A family dog killed a 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 January 7, 2020 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

The Adult Female Chow Chow on Armstrong Park Road Gastonia, NC 28056 was up to date on her required rabies vaccinations and received a rabies booster shot within 96 hours of the exposure. 

Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area of Armstrong Park Road Gastonia NC 28056 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 first confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.