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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Rabies Notice

PANTEGO ANIMAL SERVICES

A DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

DECEMBER 4th, 2018

RABIES NOTICE

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services Rabies Laboratory reported a bat from a commercial district in Pantego that has tested positive for rabies.  Animal Service officials have determined after investigation a bat was reported to have been found in the parking lot of the Village Park shopping center on the 2200 Block of West Park Row.

Bats are seldom seen during daylight hours.  Those that are seen during the daytime hours may be infected with the rabies virus and should be reported to Animal Services immediately.  Bats should never be approached under any circumstance’s day or night.  If you see one during the day, make sure people or pets do not get near the bat. It is also important to notify Animal Services if any people, pets or livestock encounter a bat even if the bat is no longer in the area.

Rabies is always fatal!  People and animals may become infected with the rabies virus if an animal that has the disease bites or scratches them.  Anyone who is exposed must take a series of post-exposure injections to prevent them from becoming infected with this fatal disease.

You should also note that in addition to bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes are all high-risk carriers of the disease.  Any wild animal that does not show fear of humans, appears sick or sluggish, should not be approached under any circumstances!

All pet owners are reminded that all dogs and cats are required by state law to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age and on a 1 year or 3 year basis thereafter depending on the type of vaccine used.  We also encourage all owners of livestock to consider vaccinating their animals as recommended by a licensed veterinarian.

 

Please help us maintain safe and livable neighborhoods by vaccinating your pets.

For more information please contact:

Pantego Animal Services at 817-617-3700


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