Catawba County Animal Services has reported the county’s first rabies case of 2019.
On Tuesday (Feb. 26th) Animal Services responded to a call from a Newton resident whose dog was bitten by a skunk. The skunk was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services Thursday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.
Because the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, Animal Services advised the owner to get a booster shot for the dog. Animals current on their rabies vaccination receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure while animals who are not current on their rabies vaccination have to be quarantined or destroyed following such encounters.
There were 14 confirmed rabies cases in Catawba County during 2018. North Carolina law requires that dogs, cats and ferrets six months old or older must be vaccinated for rabies. Rabies vaccinations are also available for other animals.
The Catawba County Humane Society holds rabies clinics on Thursdays on a continuing basis. The next one is Thursday (March 8th) at 201 Govt. Drive in Newton from 1 - 5:30 PM. Clinics are scheduled for the Humane Society location in Hickory (3224 20th Ave SE) from 1 - 5:30 on March 22nd and 29th.
The Hickory Police Department will also hold a rabies shot clinic in the east front parking lot of Police Headquarters on Sunday, March 24th 1 - 4 PM. That rabies clinic for cats and dogs will offer reduced cost rabies vaccinations for $10 per animal for a one-year vaccination. If you bring your paperwork, your pet could be eligible for the three-year vaccination for the same $10 fee.
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