A crazed raccoon reported Sunday near Gastonia’s Robinwood Lake tested positive for rabies, prompting a health department warning for neighbors to watch for signs of infection among pets, says Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement.
It is the fourth confirmed rabies case in Gaston County this year.
The raccoon was spotted near Dornoch Road in Gastonia by a resident, who said it was showing signs of sickness, including “neurological issues.”
Animal Care and Enforcement specialists captured it and received a positive rabies report Sept. 13 from the NC Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh.
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Residents of the Dornoch Road area are being advise of the incident, and specialists are seeking to verify pet rabies vaccinations.