Rabies case is second of the year

May. 08, 2013 @ 02:35 PM

Two pet dogs were scratched and have tested positive for rabies following a skirmish with a raccoon Saturday on Phyllis Lane.

Vance County Animal Control Chief Frankie Nobles said the owners of the two pit bulls neglected to protect their dogs with rabies vaccines. He said the incident is a good reminder for pet owners to go get vaccinations for their pets.

“They can get their rabies shots here at the shelter for $5,” Nobles said. “With the vaccines, the dogs could have received a booster shot and gone home.”

It is the second discovery of a rabies case in 2013. The first was in January. In 2012, there were 11 rabies cases.

“The raccoon came up in the people’s yard and started fighting with their two pit bulls,” Nobles said.

Nobles sent testing out on Monday and got results Tuesday.

“The raccoon tested positive,” Nobles said.

Because the dogs are unprotected and exposed, state law requires quarantine protocols. That means the dogs are kept from all contact for 180 days, according to Nobles.

“The owners have the option of paying the boarding fees or having the dogs put down,” Nobles said.

The boarding fee is $10 per night per dog, totaling $3,600 for the both of them, and then they are released only if they make it through quarantine without signs of having caught the rabies virus.

 

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