Gaston County Officials Looking For Stray Dog That Killed Rabid Skunk

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — The Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Unit is trying to locate a stray dog that may have contracted rabies from a rabid skunk.

On Monday, September 23rd, 2019, Gaston County Animal Care and Control responded to reports of a possible rabid animal on Narrow Gauge Road near Philadelphia Church Road.

Witnesses say an Australian Cattle Dog fought with, and killed, a skunk.  The dead skunk was sent to the North Carolina Laboratory of Public Health, where it tested positive for rabies.

The dog was a stray and Animal Care and Enforcement set traps to catch the animal in the area of Narrow Gauge Road near Philadelphia Church Road.

Animal Care and Enforcement notified the community of the positive rabies test and also verified rabies vaccinations for family animals in the area.

Anyone who is missing a neutered male Australian Cattle Dog is asked to call 704-866-3300.

This is the tenth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.