Catawba County Animal Services has confirmed its eighth case of rabies in the county this year. On August 7, Animal Services responded to a call from a Claremont resident whose dog came into contact with a raccoon. The raccoon was sent to the North Carolina Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh, which notified Animal Services today (August 9) that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccine and received a rabies booster shortly after the incident occurred. Animals current on their rabies vaccine should receive a rabies booster within 96 hours of possible rabies exposure.
Remember, the best way to protect pets from rabies is to have them properly vaccinated. For more information, call Catawba Co. Animal Services at 828-464-7686.