The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Wednesday May 16, 2012, the sixth positive rabies case in Polk County for 2012.
On Friday, May 11, 2012, a resident of Sand Mountain Road in Fort Meade found his two dogs with a dead raccoon.
The resident notified Animal Control and the raccoon was impounded and sent for rabies testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory on today’s date, Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
This is the sixth positive rabies case this year in Polk County.
The first case was reported on Thursday, January 12, 2012, when a two-year old dog attacked and killed a raccoon in the 4800 block of Elam Road, Lakeland.
The second case was reported on Friday, March 9, 2012, when 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 third case was reported on Saturday, March 17, 2012, when three stray dogs entered onto the property located on Flood Court in Bartow and together attacked and killed a raccoon.
The fourth case was reported on Sunday, April 29, 2012, when a resident of Broken Arrow Trail, in Lakeland, found his dogs with a dead raccoon.
The fifth case was reported on Tuesday May 4, 2012, when a man encountered a bat in the driveway of his residence on Pine Street in Mulberry.
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.