Rabies Alert Issued in Orange County

Posted June 12, 2007 2:10 p.m. EDT

— A dog tested positive for rabies Monday, prompting Orange County Animal Services to issue a rabies warning for residents north of Cedar Grove.

The female German shepherd mix was shot and killed last Thursday after biting or scratching a person in the leg and fighting with another dog owned by the same person, authorities said. The dog was kept in the area of N.C. Highway 49 and Wade Loop Road.

After the positive rabies test, the dog's owner also surrendered eight other dogs -- three juveniles and a litter of five puppies -- that lived in close quarters with the female German shepherd, authorities said. All of the animals were immediately euthanized to prevent any potential spread of the virus, authorities said.

Authorities recommend that anyone who had contact with any of the dogs since Memorial Day contact the Orange County Health Department at 919-968-2022, extension 314 or 275. Anyone who believes a pet came in contact with one of the dogs should call the Orange County Animal Control Program at 919-245-2075, authorities said.