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Posted on: September 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Frisco Animal Services Issues Alert after Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Frisco Animal Services, a division of the Frisco Police Department, is issuing an alert after a bat tested positive for rabies, and reminding citizens to ensure their pets’ vaccines are up-to-date. On Wednesday, September 12, 2020 at approximately 9:00 a.m., Frisco Animal Services was notified of a bat on the ground in the Tuscany Meadows subdivision, near Hillcrest and Lebanon Road. Animal Services Officers located the animal, which exhibited abnormal behaviors. The animal was sent to Austin for testing and was found to be positive for rabies by the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control.

Animal Services Officers remind citizens that while bats are naturally nocturnal animals, it’s not unusual to see a bat during daylight hours. Symptoms of rabid bats include inability to fly, disorientation, staggering, and screeching or crying.

The Frisco Police Department and Frisco Animal Services share the following tips to help prevent rabies:

- Vaccinate your dogs and cats. Rabies vaccinations are required by ordinance. Keeping your pets vaccinated protects you and them.

- Restrain your pets; do not allow them to roam. There is a ‘leash law’ in the City of Frisco.

- Avoid contact with wild animals and with dogs and cats you do not know. Do not try to hand-feed wild animals and do not keep them as pets.

- Do not touch sick or injured animals. Report sick or injured animals to Animal Services at 972-292-6010.

Frisco Police PIO’s are available via email at [email protected] or by phone at 972-292-6133.

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