8/24/2021 7:43:00 PM Gaston County's 5th Confirmed Rabies Case Of 2021
Gaston County Police Press Release
GASTONIA, N.C. - On Wednesday, August 19, 2021 at 1:13pm, Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement answered a call for service in the 400 Block of Woodlawn Ave., Gastonia. The caller advised a dog, which had been brought to the residence as a stray, attacked and killed a raccoon in the backyard of the property.
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident. The raccoon was tested for rabies at the State of North Carolina Virology lab. On Monday, August 23, 2021 the raccoon specimen tested positive for rabies.
This family who brought this dog home as a stray could not confirm the animal’s vaccination records. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement scanned the animal for a microchip, went back to the area where the family picked the animal up, and completed an area canvass for a possible animal owner. The owner nor vaccination records were located. The animal was euthanized due to the rabies exposure.
Animal Care and Enforcement completed a neighborhood canvas in the area of Woodlawn Ave., Gastonia to notify the community of the positive rabies result and verify rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area. Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement also notified the Gaston County Department Health and Human Services so they could complete a follow up investigation.
The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Unit stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of animal owners and community.
This represents the fifth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.