Rabies Warning in Moore County

— Written By Kelly McCaskill
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Moore County Seal

The rabies virus is present in the wildlife population in our region. In the past two months, four foxes have tested positive for the virus in the Carthage and Pinehurst areas. Wildlife known to be common carries of the rabies virus includes raccoons, foxes, and coyotes.

Rabies can be passed to humans, cats, and dogs through bites, scratches, or other physical contact with a carrier of rabies. Rabies can easily be prevented by avoiding physical contact with wild animals and unfamiliar animals, and by keeping your pets’ rabies vaccinations current.

Please do not approach animals that are acting strangely, even if they appear injured. Also, please keep your pets away from such animals. ALL bites or exposures from a potentially rabid animal, whether to a person or pet, must be reported to Moore County Animal Services at (910) 947-2858.


If you are exposed through a bite or scratch, it is important that you wash the wound(s) immediately and thoroughly with soap and water. Afterwards, you should see your doctor or go to your local hospital’s Emergency Room for treatment and to determine if you should receive the rabies vaccination.

Non-bite or scratch exposures should be evaluated by your doctor or a physician. If you are unsure whether to seek treatment for exposure or potential exposure to rabies, please contact the Moore County Health Department at (910) 947-3300.

Moore County residents are cautioned to supervise their pets while outdoors. Please be aware that all dogs and cats are required to be vaccinated against the rabies virus at four months of age and at regular intervals thereafter. Rabies vaccinations can be obtained for $5.00 from the Moore County Animal Center, located at 5235 US Highway 15-501 in Carthage, NC. Vaccinations may also be obtained through your veterinarian.