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Rabid raccoon found in Cleveland County

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

On June 26, Cleveland County Animal Control received a complaint from a home on Myers Street in Kings Mountain about a raccoon on the property displaying abnormal behavior.

The Cleveland County Health Department was notified on July 2, that the raccoon tested positive for rabies, making it the fifth rabies case in the county this year.

Officials say residents need to make sure their animals are under their direct control, as animals that are allowed to run loose are at risk of coming into contact with a rabid animal.

If your animals are exposed to a rabid animal and not vaccinated, then your animals will have to be euthanized or quarantined for six months.

Officials also said that during the next six months, anyone living in the vicinity of 104 Myers Street should watch their animals for any unusual behavior. In addition, residents are asked to make sure that all cats, dogs, and ferrets have a current rabies vaccination.

North Carolina State Law requires all cats and dogs to have rabies shots at four months of age, and require a booster every three years.

Anyone that sees an animal demonstrating unusual behavior needs to call the Cleveland County Animal Control Department at 704-481-9884.

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