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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 12/19/2012 

 Rabies Case Confirmed 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Section confirmed today, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, the ninth positive Rabies case in Polk County for 2012.

On Monday, December 17, 2012, a bat was impounded by PCSO Animal Control from the residence of Roberta Dietrich located at 2717 Cleveland Heights Blvd in Lakeland.  Roberta Dietrich, the owner of a dog, stated her dog was outside and brought the bat inside the house in her mouth and dropped it on the floor. 

The bat was sent for testing and was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory today, Wednesday, December 19, 2012.  This is the ninth 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 positive rabies case was reported on Tuesday, May 2, 2012, when a male subject encountered a bat in the driveway of his Pine Street residence in Mulberry.

The sixth positive rabies case was reported on Friday, May 11, 2012, when a resident of Sand Mountain Road in Fort Meade found his two dogs with a dead raccoon.

The seventh positive rabies case was reported on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, when a bat was found inside Tenoroc High School, located at 4905 Saddle Creek Road in Auburndale.

The eight positive rabies case was reported on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, when a bat was found at Summerlin Academy located at 1508 Jackson Avenue in Bartow.

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.


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