In the early hours of Thursday, May 25th, 2017, Lincoln County Animal Services received a call about a fox that had been injured on a property in the area of Hwy 73 and Club Drive, Stanley NC.
Animal Control retrieved the fox, and due to the possibly of an exposure it was processed for rabies testing. On May 26th, 2017, the official test results were received from the NC Laboratory of Public Health. The fox tested positive for rabies.
To keep yourself safe, don’t approach or handle wildlife. Signs of rabies in wild animals can include abnormal amounts of aggression or friendliness, disorientation, wobbliness, circling, and excessive salivation. If you see or come into contact with a wild animal that may be sick, or is exhibiting signs of abnormal behavior, call Animal Services at (704) 736-4125, or dial 911 to report it.
Additional Information: 1 year rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs are available for $7 at Lincoln County Animal Services, 650 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton NC. Please visit us Monday-Friday, between the hours of 10am-5pm to have your pets vaccinated. Alternatively, 1 year and 3 year vaccines are also available through your local veterinarian. Our next rabies clinic will also be at West Lincoln Animal Hospital, on June 24th, 2017, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.