Gaston County Confirms 7th Rabies Case Of 2019

DALLAS, NC — Officials with Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement say a skunk tested positive for rabies after getting into a fight with a family dog.

The incident was reported around 8:50am on September 3rd at a home on Hardin Road. Police say a family dog got into an altercation with a skunk before the owner was able to kill the wildlife.

The skunk was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh, where it tested positive for rabies.

This is the county’s seventh confirmed case of rabies in 2019.

Police say the family dog was not vaccinated at the time of the incident, and had to be euthanized due to rabies exposure. Farm animals also located at the residence are scheduled for evaluation on Friday for possible signs of exposure.

Officials say pets should be vaccinated against rabies for their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of their owners and community.