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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/14/2012 

 Rabies Case Confirmed 


The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, the second positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2012.

On Friday, March 9, 2012, the owners of a 9-year-old Labrador Retriever found their dog barking at a bat in their yard located on Lake Tennessee Drive in Auburndale.

The family contacted the PCSO Animal Control Section and the bat was impounded and sent for rabies testing.  The bat was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory today, Wednesday, March 14th.  

Even though it is unclear if the dog actually had physical contact with the rabid bat, the owner was notified of the test results and the dog, which was current on vaccines, will be quarantined for 45 days.

The first positive Rabies case was reported on January 19, 2012.  In that case, a two-year old dog attacked and killed a raccoon in the 4800 block of Elam Road, Lakeland, on Thursday, January 12, 2012. 

Residents are reminded that bats and raccoons are among the mammals considered to be high risk species or “rabies vector species” (RVS).  Please do not approach any animal which is acting in an unusual or suspicious manner.  If you think you or your pet has had an “exposure,” please contact the PCSO Animal Control Section at 863.499.2600.

For more information on Rabies, please visit:

http://www.polksheriff.org/InsidePCSO/LE/SOD/BOSO/AC/Pages/RabiesandYou.aspx.