Catawba County’s second and third rabies cases of the year were confirmed after altercations between dogs and a skunk and a dog and a raccoon.
On Friday, a resident southeast of the town of Catawba reported that a skunk attacked dogs in a backyard dog enclosure. Someone at the home shot and killed the skunk.
The N.C. Public Health Laboratory in Raleigh notified Catawba County Animal Services on Tuesday that the skunk’s remains tested positive for rabies.
The dogs were not current on their rabies vaccinations and were quarantined at the Catawba County Animal Shelter.
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On Saturday, a resident northwest of Catawba reported the family’s dog was attacked by a raccoon. Someone at the home killed the raccoon. The Raleigh lab notified Catawba County officials on Tuesday that the raccoon tested positive for rabies.
The dog was current on its rabies vaccination and was required to receive a rabies booster vaccine.