For Immediate Release

June 7, 2002

Third Rabies Case of 2002
Being Investigated by
Cumberland County Animal Control

Cumberland County, NC - Cumberland County Animal Control officers are responding to another case of rabies today, the third so far this year.

A rabid raccoon that was found dead Thursday, June 6, 2002 in a homeowner's yard in Gray's Creek tested positive for rabies. The owner's pet dog is believed to have killed the rabid raccoon. The dog's rabies vaccination had expired. As a result, the dog, a male rottweiler, as well as a male cat from the same home, will have to be euthanized.

Animal Control Sgt. Jonny Smith says residents who live in the Gray's Creek area near 8098 Saplin Drive, should be cautious of any pet animals or wildlife animals acting strangely.

If residents have reason to believe any contact was made with a rabid animal, they need to contact the Cumberland County Animal Control Department as soon as possible at 321-6852.

And as always, Animal Control would like to remind pet owners of Cumberland County the importance of having their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies. It's the best method of defense in efforts to protect the pet and human population from the spread of the disease.

For more information on this news release, contact Sgt. Jonny Smith at Animal Control by calling 321-6852 or contact Public Information Director Tonya Harris-Council at 437-1921.

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