The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the third positive Rabies case in Polk County so far this year.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, three stray dogs entered onto the property located 5445 Flood Court in Bartow and together attacked and killed a raccoon. The people living in the home called PCSO Animal Control. The ACO officer located the dead raccoon's body and impounded the three stray dogs. The raccoon's body was sent to the State Laboratory, and the results from those tests were delivered to Animal Control today -- they confirm the raccoon tested positive for the Rabies virus.
The three strays have been placed into quarantine at Animal Control. The residents at that address have put their own dog and cat into home quarantine as a precaution.
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.