North Carolina horse contracts rabies, investigation underway


Last Wednesday, a veterinarian went to go treat a sickly horse in Cherryville, North Carolina. The vet’s medical opinion turned into a full investigation.

The Gaston County horse had contracted rabies. Investigators are now looking for the origin.

“The veterinarian detailed the sick horse was showing signs of rabies. The horse died and was sent to Griffin Animal Disease Lab Monroe,” a county police officer noted, according to WSOC.

The dogs on the property are current on their vaccinations but will receive boosters. The other horses are being observed and vaccinated.

This is the county’s third case of rabies this year.

According to a report by the University of Kentucky, around 30 to 60 cases of rabid horses occur each year in the U.S.

Story via WSOC-TV