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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/18/2016 

 Third Positive Case of Rabies Confirmed 


The Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the third positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2016. 

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, a Frostproof man reported that a raccoon attacked his dog in the area of 1526 Scrub Jay Trail in Frostproof. The dog's owner was able to shoot and kill the raccoon.

The PCSO Animal Control Section responded, removed the body, and sent it to the state lab for rabies testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory on Tuesday, October 18th.  

The dog's owner was notified of the test results, his dog received a rabies booster, and his dog will be quarantined for 45-180 days. 

Residents are reminded that foxes 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 863.577.1762.