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3/21/2021 9:38:00 AM
Another Rabies Case In Gaston County

Lincoln Herald Staff

Gaston County has reported its second case of rabies this year.  On Wednesday, March 17th, the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from a resident of the 500 block of Landers Chapel Rd. who reported their dog attacked a raccoon in a pasture. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination and received a booster shot.

Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the raccoon. The raccoon was processed for rabies testing and the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh confirmed Friday that the  raccoon tested positive for rabies.

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services has been notified and Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists began a canvass of the immediate area where the animal was located to advise residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.

The first case of rabies in Gaston County this year was a deceased skunk found in Gastonia.   Rabies, a fatal disease, can infect any warm-blooded animal.  It is most often spread in wild animal populations of raccoons, skunks and foxes.  

North Carolina law requires pet owners to have their dogs, cats & ferrets vaccinated.  

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