GASTONIA, NC — A Mount Holly resident was bitten and scratched by a rabid cat, according to Gaston County Police Animal Care Enforcement.
Officers say they received a call about the cat Tuesday night from a Fairview Drive resident. Officers captured the cat and sent it to a state lab, where it tested positive for rabies. Officers then notified the resident and surveyed neighbors to ensure the pets were up to date on vaccinations.
Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Police stresses the importance of having an up-to-date rabies vaccination for all pets. By keeping your pet up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations, you are protecting them from transmitting the disease from wildlife and spreading the disease to your family and other animals, as well as family members. community. Officers say it’s important never to handle or transport sick animals.
Gaston County residents should contact Gaston County Police Animal Care and Enforcement to capture and transport sick animals. This is the twelfth confirmed case of rabies in Gaston County this year.