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Gaston County Confirms 4th Rabies Case of 2020

On Thursday August 6, 2020 at 10:36pm Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement received a call from the 120 block of Hoyles Creek Road Dallas, NC 28034.  The call was reference to a possible rabid animal.  A family dog killed a fox.     

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialist investigated the incident.  The deceased fox was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.  On Saturday August 8, 2020 the fox specimen tested positive for rabies.

The one-year-old female gray and white American Pit-Bull Terrier mix 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 Hoyles Creek Road Dallas, 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 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 fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.

No further information is available at this time.