“This positive test highlights the importance of being vigilant around wildlife and always reporting any contact with them,” said Jamie Cantrell, director of Plano Animal Services. “It also shows why it is so important to keep all pet vaccinations operational, especially rabies. There is no way to predict when a pet may come into contact with a wild animal. “Texas law and the City of Plano ordinance require animals to receive rabies vaccination with subsequent booster shots for the duration of the animal’s life.
Rabies is a viral disease occurring in warm-blooded animals and can be contracted by humans through the bite of infected animals.
The Plano Animal Shelter does not routinely test wild animals for rabies unless they have contact with a person or pet and are one of five high-risk non-domestic animals: bats, foxes, whales, Coyote and Racoon.
This particular incident involved a resident who had contact with the bat.
The bat was ill and died before Animal Services could pick him up. Due to the nature of the condition, the animal was tested and later found to be reared.
Rabies is preventable. The shelter hosts a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on the third Friday of every month.
In August, a bat tested Postive for rabies in Frisco.