The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, the third positive case of rabies in Polk County for 2014.
On Thursday, December 11, 2014, a resident in the 8000 block of Holly Ridge Drive, Lakeland, observed her dog fighting with a raccoon in her yard. The raccoon was shot and killed and PCSO Animal Control members responded. The raccoon was impounded and sent to the State Laboratory for testing. The raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
The dog was current with its rabies vaccination and has been placed on a 45 day quarantine.
The first case of rabies was confirmed on Thursday, March 13, 2014. This case also involved a raccoon fighting with dogs in 900 block of Campbell Avenue in Lake Wales.
The second case was confirmed on Friday, May 9, 2014, after a bat was found isolated inside a family residence on the 1100 block of Clinton Street in Bartow.
Residents are reminded that raccoons and bats 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