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Dog, bat test positive for rabies

Posted August 14, 2012

— Officials are reminding residents to be careful around animals after two more cases of rabies were confirmed in the region Tuesday.

A dog in Garner believed to be infected with the virus was euthanized Monday and taken to the State Laboratory of Public Health in Raleigh for testing. Test results confirming rabies were returned Tuesday.

Four people who had contact with the dog are being treated for rabies, Wake County officials said.

In Fayetteville, a dead bat found last week in a yard in Palomar Street also tested positive for rabies.

The bat is the fifth case of rabies in Cumberland County since January 1, officials said.

Residents are reminded to use caution when dealing with animals that are behaving unusually or with pets that may have come into contact with rabid animals. 

Wear gloves and other protective clothing when helping injured pets, and stay away from bodily fluids, especially saliva. Officials also urge residents to have their pets vaccinated against the disease.

Anyone who may have come into contact with a rabid animal or finds a wild animal indoors should call local animal control authorities immediately.

  • In Wake County, except Cary Garner, Holly Springs and Raleigh, call 919-212-7387.
  • In Cary, call 919-319-4517.
  • In Garner, call 919-772-8896.
  • In Holly Springs, call 919-557-9111.
  • In Raleigh, call 919-831-6311.
  • In Cumberland County, call 919-321-6852 during business hours or the sheriff's office, 919-323-1500, after hours.

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  • Diva RN Aug 15, 2012

    If you are that hard up, you can usually find a free rabies vaccination clinic happening somewhere. There is NO EXCUSE not to do it!

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 15, 2012

    So sad about the dog. We keep ours updated. If they got bit by a rabid animal, they would only need a booster. It's not just because it's "the law." It's more about love. We love them enough to protect them any way we can.


  • cocker_mom Aug 15, 2012

    cocosyder2 - you are 10% correct. Please note that if your pet is exposed to rabies and does not have a valid / up to date vaccination - you will be forced to either board your dog at a veterinary facility for upwards of 6 months or euthanize your dog. Also - please know that when the animal is tested, the lab requires your vet to remove your pet's head to send in for testing (unless they are a small animal) and no one should be forced to do that. Rabies clinics are available and sponsored by your municipality to help those who may struggle with the cost.

  • Stormy13 Aug 15, 2012

    cocosyder2: I so agree! Both my cats are indoor only but I still take them to the vet every year for all their exam and shots. Next thing is everyone needs to be responsible pet owner and have their dog/cat spayed or neutered. That would greatly prevent and stop stray dogs/cats.

  • cocosyder2 Aug 15, 2012

    People, get your dogs and cats vaccinated. If you can't do that, you don't desere to have them. Check the tags or certificate for expiration info