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Gaston County 3rd Confirmed Rabies Case of 2020

On Wednesday May 27, 2020 at 8:58pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from 140 block Bay Shore Drive Belmont, NC 28012.  The call was in reference to a possible rabid animal.  A family dog fought with a raccoon.     

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialist investigated the incident.  The deceased raccoon was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Saturday May 30, 2020 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.

The Adult Male Labrador Retriever on Bay Shore Drive Belmont, NC 28012 was up to date on his 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 Bay Shore Drive Belmont, NC 28012 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 of 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 third confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.