Rabid Bat Found in South Lakeland; 2 Dogs Quarantined

location mapTwo dogs on Carla Circle in south Lakeland nipped a bat that tested positive for rabies, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning. 

The bat was confirmed positive for rabies Tuesday after being sent to a state lab Saturday when a home owner reported to Animal Control that his dogs had carried the bat in their mouths.

Both dogs are current on their vaccines and have been placed on home quarantine for 10 days, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“This is an important reminder to make sure your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines,” Sheriff Grady Judd said via a news release.

This is the county’s first confirmed rabies case in 2017.

For more information on rabies, check the Sheriff’s Office website.