GASTON CO., NC (WJZY) - On Thursday, May 12 a local veterinarian examined an adult cow that was acting abnormally in the area of Ver Lee Drive in Bessemer City.
The animal was humanely euthanized and taken to Griffin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Monroe for testing.
The animal tested positive for rabies on Monday, May 16.
The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services, local veterinary practices, and the Gaston County Cooperative Extension office have been notified. The Animal Care and Enforcement Specialists will begin a canvass of the immediate areas where the animal was located to advise residents of the incident and to verify pet rabies vaccinations.
The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division are stressing 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 represents the second confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.