December 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Liz Crawford, Public Information Officer
2nd Rabies Case in North Iredell Serves as a Reminder to Update Your Pet’s Rabies Vaccine
Iredell County Animal Services & Control, along with the Health Department has confirmed a second case of rabies in the Olin area of Iredell County. This case involved another raccoon, which contacted two dogs.
Iredell County Public Health Department reminds the public to avoid contact with stray animals. These animals could be infected with rabies. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva or bite of a rabid animal. Abnormal behavior seen in rabid animals may include: overly friendly behavior, aggressive behavior, uncoordinated movement or appearance of illness. Domestic animals with rabies may be aggressive or lethargic. It is also possible for an animal to carry rabies and not yet display symptoms.
Pets or stray animals with suspected exposure to rabies should be reported to Iredell County Animal Services and Control at (704) 878-5335.
It is important to make sure your pet has a current rabies vaccine that will prevent them from acquiring rabies. All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by NC State law to be vaccinated against rabies starting at the age of 3 months. In Iredell County, there is a $75.00 citation per animal for owners who do not have their dog, cat or ferret immunized against rabies.
If a pet is up to date on its rabies vaccine and is exposed to a rabid animal, the vaccinated animal must receive a booster vaccination within 5 days of the exposure. If they do not receive the booster within 5 days of the exposure they will either be euthanized (put to sleep) or quarantined for six months.
Rabies vaccinations for your dog, cat or ferret can be obtained at your local veterinarian or at Iredell County Animal Services and Control. Reminder that there will be a FREE rabies vaccine clinics being offered by Animal Services and Control this Saturday:
- Saturday, December 7th 10am – 12pm, North Iredell Rescue Squad Building
(1538 Tabor Rd, in Harmony)
Animal Services will be providing free 1 year rabies vaccination to the citizens of Iredell County. 150 vaccinations will be provided first come first serve, and you must be a resident of Iredell County. For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Animal_Control/
Or contact the shelter: (704)878-5424.
There will be a discounted Rabies Vaccine Clinic offered this Saturday as well:
- Saturday, December 7th 1 – 4:00pm, Southern States on Hwy. 90 (at 3213 Taylorsville Road )
Licensed veterinarian Dr. Tiffany Bradford will be administering both 1 and 3 year vaccines, $7 for either vaccine. Written proof of rabies vaccination within the past year is required for receiving a 3 year vaccine. For more information on this clinic, please contact Bradford Animal Hospital: (704) 876-2031.