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Gaston County Verifies Third Rabies Case This Year


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7/21/2011
Brent Adams
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Gaston County Animal Control has verified that a raccoon that attacked a dog in Gastonia tested positive for rabies. It is the third verified case of rabies found in Gaston County, North Carolina this year.

According to local news sources, the raccoon attacked a family dog last week. After the dog’s owner shot the raccoon, it was tested for rabies. The dog, which had not been vaccinated for rabies, was euthanized per North Carolina law.

In March, a rabid raccoon attacked a goat in Gaston County. In February, a stray puppy tested positive for rabies. Animal control has been canvassing the county, asking pet owners to make certain that their animals are vaccinated and that they are aware of the situation. They are also asking animal owners to supervise their pets while outside and move all food dishes inside. North Carolina state law states that any domesticated animal exposed to rabies must either be put to sleep or quarantined for six months.

Rabies, though now rare, is a serious issue, especially for those who own dogs or are regularly around dogs. If you own a dog, it is very important to make sure its rabies vaccine is up to date and to closely watch your dog while it is outside. If you are around dogs, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of rabies and how to prevent dog bites and dog attacks. If you have been bitten by any dog, it is vital to test the dog for rabies. 

Category: Dog Bites & Animal Attacks


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