Gaston County has recorded its first confirmed case of rabies for 2021. Last Monday (March 1st) Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement completed a welfare check on animals in 2000 block of W. Davidson Ave. in Gastonia, where they recovered the remains of a raccoon within reach of three dogs in the backyard of the residence.
The deceased raccoon was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh and tested positive for rabies.
The three dogs that were possibly exposed were all up to date on their required rabies vaccinations and received a rabies booster shot. Had they not had their rabies shots, they would have to have been quarantined or possibly euthanized. There is no way to check an animal for rabies without destroying the animal.
Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvass in the area to notify the community of the positive rabies results and verify rabies vaccinations for animals in the area.
North Carolina law requires that owners have their dogs, cats or ferrets vaccinated against rabies. All veterinarians and area animal shelters provide vaccinations. Most years, rabies shot clinics are held in Spring, Summer or Fall by Animal Control in area counties. For more information, contact Animal Control in your county.
Gaston County Animal Control 704-922-8677
Lincoln County 704736-4125
Catawba County 828-466-6814
Cleveland County 704-481-9883, ext. 5
In other Pet News, Lincoln County Animal Services will hold a Microchip Clinic on Sunday March 28th. Microchips are a permanent way to identify your pet. If your pet is lost or stolen, it can help to get your animal back. Every time a lost pet comes into most animal shelters including Lincoln County, they scan for a microchip.
The Microchip Clinic on March 28th (2 - 5 PM) will be FREE--but it is limited to one pet per household and you must have an appointment. Call 980-429-0076 to sign up--but don't wait, spaces are limited!