GASTON COUNTY, NC - The Gaston County Police Department is investigating after a cat tested positive for rabies in the area.
Officers say on Sunday, February 14, the Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement Division received a call from a person in the area of Thunder Road in Dallas, NC who reported sick cat.
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists investigated the incident and the cat was processed for rabies testing and was sent to the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.
The official laboratory results were received on February 24. The cat tested positive for rabies.
Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists conducted a canvass of the immediate areas where the animal was located to advise residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.
Police stress 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.
This incident represents the first confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.