Burlington, NC-- The fourth case of rabies in Alamance County has come at a huge emotional cost to a family. The family had to put down several of its dogs and puppies because of contact with a rabid raccoon.
On March 19, three dogs and a raccoon were involved in a fight at house on Stone Brook Road, in Mebane. According to the Alamance County Health Department, the owner shot and kill the raccoon.
Animal control was able to retrieve the animal and had it tested for rabies. As part of standard procedures, vaccination records of were requested on the three dogs. Officials said none of them were current on their rabies shots.
Two of the dogs, along with eighteen puppies had to be euthanized. The third dog exposed is being quarantined for six months at a veterinarian facility.
As an alternative to euthanization, state law allows for an animal to be quarantined at a facility approved by the local health director for a period up to six months. The dog's owner will be responsible for all costs during the quarantine period.
Animal Control and Health officials say this is a good reminder to pet owners to make sure rabies shots are up-to-date.