Rabies Cases Increasing In Cities

MINT HILL, NC — Heads up to parents and pet owners! Rabies is affecting animals in Mecklenburg County.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department and CMPD Animal Care and Control sent out a warning Tuesday that a fox attacked a dog in Mint Hill.

“It crosses your mind because you see coyotes and bobcats and raccoons and stuff all the time,” said Lisa Russell.

This attacked happened near her home on Allen Black Rd. The health department says the fox tested positive for rabies. The dog was up to date on it shots.

“That’s a huge relief to all of us when I hear that because it means it’s a better option for the dog. All he had to do was go to his vet and get a booster for his rabies shot, and he’s perfectly good health,” said Melissa Knicely with CMPD Animal Care and Control.

Allen Black Rd. is a wooded area, and residents are used to seeing wild animals. However, CMPD Animal Care and Control says cases are going up in the city of Charlotte.

“We’re seeing it a lot right now as Charlotte expands. We are taking over a lot of the area that these wildlife live in. So, we are going to expect to run into them more,” said Knicely.

Mecklenburg County has had five rabies cases so far this year.

In 2017, the yearly total was 12.

CMPD Animal Care and Control hosts free rabies shot clinics every second Saturday of the month. The address is 8315 Byrum Dr. in Charlotte