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Skunk tests positive for rabies

January 31, 2012

A 4-month-old puppy was euthanized after it was bitten by a rabid skunk in northeastern Catawba County during the weekend.

The rabies case is the county's second of 2012.

A homeowner on Oxford School Road recovered the skunk and submitted it to the State Health lab in Raleigh for testing.

The lab notified Catawba County on Tuesday that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The puppy, which had not received a rabies vaccination, was euthanized.
No humans were exposed to the skunk.

Catawba County Animal Services is reminding pet owners that rabies is common in wild animals in the area and a year-round threat to pets and humans. The best method to prevent rabies is vaccination.

A 4-month-old orange-and-white domestic, short-haired cat tested positive for rabies in early January.

The cat lived in the Golf Course Road area of Maiden.

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