Eastern Carolina County Seeing Cases Of Rabies

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Several cases of rabies within the last month and half in Beaufort County have prompted Animal Control to alert people with pets.

Three confirmed cases of rabies within the last 45 days in Beaufort County has prompted Animal Control to take action.

Sandy Woolard with Animal Control says several rabies clinics will be held this weekend to protect people's pets.

Christal Gelderman in Terra Ceia, Beaufort County lost their two-year old Labrador-retriever, Lucy to rabies. Lucy's vaccination recently ran out.

Woolard says it is important to keep your pets vaccination current.

Woolard says it is against state law not to vaccinate your dog or cat with a rabies shot.

Beaufort County Animal Control will be giving discounted rabies shot for 5 dollars this weekend.

Sites:

Northeast Elementary School
21000 Hwy 264 East
Pinetown, NC
From 8:30 AM until 9:30 am

Awesome Outdoors
1989 West 5th St.
Washington, NC 27889
From 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM

Cox's Crossroads
Hwy 33 East
Blounts Creek, NC
From 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM


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  • by concerned Location: beaufort county on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:14 PM
    Sounds like alot of the animal control people either don,t know what their talking about or don't care. I'ld go for the don't care himself. You don't throw a dead rabid animal caracss "in a ditch" just how stupid is this. A friend of mines little girl was attacked in the back yard by a rabid squirrel, animal control told my friend squirrels don't carry rabies-(yeah we just fell off a turnip truck). They never came out until the next day then caught "a" squirrel and said it was the one that bite her daughter. Then a few days later they called and said the squirrel was not rabid! An innocent animal died because anaimal control are too stupid and lazy to do their job. I think we need more concerned people doing this job, that care at least a little. Maybe their too afraid to come in contact with what they are paid to take care of!!!!!
  • by Raccoon Killer Location: Martin Co on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    At least 5 suspicious raccoons have been killed in my neighborhood in the last 3 weeks. (On decks, near people, aggressive). We have called animal control and they told us they could be rabid, but just to throw the carcasses in the ditch away from the house. He said testing was too expensive and was rarely done. We knew the dead animal could spread the virus and we buried the carcass and placed the shovel in fire to kill the virus. Martin Co needs to better inform their animal control staff!
  • by Animal Control Location: Beaufort County on Jun 17, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    The clinics are open to anyone who comes to the location. Our goal is to help the public and their animals.
  • by FedUp Location: Greenville on Jun 17, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Are these clinics just for Beaufort county residents? I live in Pitt but these haven't been offerred hear that I know of.
  • by J Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Yes please everyone make sure that your animals are up to date on their vaccines. A little over a month ago, my dad saw a racoon in his yard in broad daylight. He said it was staggering around, and acting like it was drunk so he called Animal Control. They came and got the animal and later notified my dad that it did have rabies.
  • by RABIESBITES Location: NC on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    ONCE THE ANIMAL IS DEAL THE RABIES IS DEAD! NO OTHER ANIMAL THAT MAY COME IN CONTACT WITH THAT FOX CAN GET IT! WE HAD WORLD WAR 3 WITH A RABID FOX ALMOST 2 YRS AGO & ANIMAL CONTROL CAME OUT THERE TO PICK HIM UP FOR TESTING (EVEN THO WE ALREADY KNEW) HE TOLD US THAT WHEN THE ANIMAL DIES THE RABIES IS GONE. AND YES EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN BITTEN OR SCRATCHED BY A RABID ANIMAL DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT AT RISK! I HAD TO GO THRU THE VACCINATIONS MYSELF BC I HAD BEEN CRYING & RUBBING MY EYES & SINCE I HAD PICKED MY DOGS UP AFTER THE FOX HAD ALREADY BIT THEM I HAD TO GET THE SHOTS! PLEASE PPL REMEMBER TO GET YOUR PETS VACCINATED!!! ITS VERY VERY IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Rick what AC told you was correct. If there was no human or animal exposure, do not touch the animal, burry it deep, cover the hole, so nothing can dig it up and clean shovel with clorox to kill the virus in case some got on the blade while you were moving it with the shovel. Make sure all you pets are current on their vaccination. If not take advantage of the clinic this weekend.
  • by MISSIONSTATEMENT Location: NC on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    Rabies can be contracted through open glands such as the eyes and nose also, any over spray unoticed could be a possible threat. Martin county needs to be contacted directly to the county managers office and notified of this situation, that is a possible rabid animal that you have now just thrown out some where so that other animals may come in contact with it and spread the virus even further. Thats how the virus keeps spreading. Numerous numerous animals may now contract this virus from that one animal. Could be the neighbors dog just dragging home a dead animal it finds, or even if it just licks one drop of blood. RABIES KILLS HUMANS, ONCE YOU HAVE CAME INTO CONTACT AND HAVE MISSED THE TIMELINE TO TREAT (WHICH IS VERY SMALL) YOU DIE. THATS THE OUTCOME, REALITY, AND ITS NOT A SMOOTH PASSING AWAY. ITS A TOTAL MENTAL SKITSOPHRENTIC BREAK DOWN AND THEN DEATH, NOT PLEASANT
  • by rick Location: martin co on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    I killed a fox today that was staggering and dripping from the mouth. The fox never came into contact with any pets or people, but when I contacted animal control, they said that I was right in shooting it, they never came out to look at at,, just told me to dispose of the carcass,,so much for public health
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