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A rabid skunk that attacked a dog in northwest Iredell has been confirmed as the county’s 15th case of rabies this year, county officials said Thursday. The terrier was inside a chain link fence area at its owner’s house in the Trinity community when the skunk got inside and attacked the dog. An animal control officer killed the skunk, said Christina Royal, director of Iredell County Animal Services & ; Control.The dog’s owner chose to euthanize the dog, which was not vaccinated against rabies, instead of putting it under a mandatory six-month quarantine.
All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by state law to be vaccinated at the age of 3 months. Any unvaccinated pet or one that has an expired rabies vaccination and has an exposure to a rabid animal will be required to be euthanized or quarantined at a licensed veterinarian’s office for six months at the owner’s expense. Fines of $75 per animal will issued to pet owners who do not have current rabies vaccination for their animals.
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