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Confirmed case of rabies reported in Catawba County

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Catawba County's first confirmed case of rabies in 2013 has been recorded after a raccoon killed by two dogs in the Conover area tested positive for the disease, according to a release from Catawba County.
 
On April 17, 2013, Catawba County Animal Services was notified that the dogs killed the raccoon. The North Carolina Public Health Laboratory notified Catawba County on April 22, 2013, that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
 
Neither of the dogs was current on the rabies vaccination and the owner of the dogs has decided to surrender them to Animal Services for euthanasia. 
 
Animal Services reminds pet owners that rabies is still present in the local wild animal population and is a threat to pets and humans, year-round.  The best way to protect your pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated for rabies. 
 
For more information on rabies or rabies vaccinations, you may call Catawba County Animal Services at 828-464-7686.

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