Sixth animal tests positive for rabies in Gaston County

GASTONIA – On Sept. 19, Gaston County Police Department’s Animal Control division reported its sixth positive rabies case this year.
A Bessemer City woman reported that a skunk had attacked her son’s dog. The woman’s brother-in-law killed the skunk before calling police. The skunk’s carcass was taken to to the State Diagnostic Lab in Raleigh Sept. 21 where it tested positive for rabies.
North Carolina law requires that any unvaccinated dogs or cats exposed to rabies be euthanized or quarantined for a six-month period at the owner’s expense. The dog had not been vaccinated and was surrendered to Animal Control to be euthanized.
Another previous case occurred in the same area on Sept. 7, when a raccoon carcass brought to Animal Control tested positive for rabies.
Animal Control officials urge Gaston County residents to keep their pet’s
rabies vaccinations up-to-date.

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