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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 6/10/2015 

 Second Positive Case of Rabies in 2015 Confirmed 

At approximately 7:00 am, on Friday, June 5, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control officers responded to the 1800 block of J. Jackson Road, Fort Meade after receiving a call about a dog fighting with a raccoon.

The dog’s owner told officers the pet saw the raccoon in the yard and attacked it.  The dog had scratches to its face.  The dog was current on rabies vaccinations, and will be placed on a 45-day quarantine. 

The raccoon was impounded and sent to the State Laboratory for rabies testing.  The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. 

This is the second confirmed Rabies case for Polk County this year.

The first incident occurred on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, a dog owner living on Stokes Road in Lake Wales reported that her dog killed a raccoon on the patio area of the home.   The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Friday, May 15th.

Residents are reminded that raccoons and bats are among the mammals considered to be high risk species or “rabies vector species” (RVS). However, 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