11th Rabies Case Of 2019 Confirmed In Gaston County

MOUNT HOLLY, NC — Gaston County officials say a skunk killed on Monday, September 23rd has tested positive for rabies. This is the county’s 11th confirmed case in 2019.

The incident was reported around noon Monday on Sandy Ford Road. Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement says two family dogs got into a fight with a skunk and killed the animal.

The skunk was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for rabies testing. Officials say the animal did test positive.

Gaston County AC&E officials say the two dogs were up to date on their vaccinations and have received a rabies booster.

Also on Monday, officials say a stray Australian Cattle Dog in Dallas also killed a skunk in the area of Narrow Gauge Road near Philadelphia Church Road. That skunk also tested positive for rabies.