Raccoon Tests Positive For Rabies In Gaston County, 2nd Confirmed Case Of 2019

DALLAS, NC — Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement officials say a second case of rabies has been confirmed in the county for 2019.

Officials say the most recent case resulted from a raccoon that got into a fight with the family dog at a Carr Road home around 5:37 p.m. on July 5th. The raccoon ran off after the fight, officials say, and was found dead in a neighbors yard about three hours later.

The raccoon was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing. On Tuesday, Gaston County officials were notified that the animal did test positive for the rabies virus.

Officials say the dog that fought with the raccoon was current on its rabies vaccination, and received a booster from a local veterinarian on the day of the fight. No other animals lived at the residence.

Residents within the Carr Road neighborhood and area are being notified of the positive rabies result.

The GCPD AC&C continue to stress the importance of keeping pets current on rabies vaccinations. This is not only for the pet’s health and safety, but also the health and safety of the owners and community.