Polk county, Florida — On Saturday, March 8, 2014, a Lake Wales woman reported that she had been bitten by a raccoon and that her neighbors’ dogs had been fighting with it, in the area of 952 Campbell Avenue.
The PCSO Animal Control Section responded, impounded the raccoon, and sent its body to the state lab for rabies testing.
On March 13, 2014 the raccoon was confirmed positive for rabies by the State Laboratory.
The dogs’ owner was notified of the test results and the dogs will be quarantined for 180 days.
Residents are reminded that bats and raccoons are considered to be a 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 Animal Control.