GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Officials confirmed a rabies case in Gaston County Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division, officials received a call from a citizen in the area of Unity Church Road who reported that their dog killed a raccoon on Saturday, April 14.
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and impounded the raccoon.
The raccoon was processed for rabies testing and was sent to the North Carolina Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.
The official laboratory results were received on Tuesday. The raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services has been notified and officials canvassed the immediate areas where the animal was located to advise residents and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.
“The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division stresses the importance of having a valid rabies vaccination for all of your pet’s health and safety as well as the health and safety of their owners and community,” a press release read.
No further information was released.