Officers from animal services located the bat on the ground Aug. 5 in the Preston Manor subdivision, which is north of Main Street and west of Preston Road. A city news release states the animal was exhibiting “abnormal behaviors” and was sent to Austin for testing.
Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control confirmed the animal was positive for rabies.
As part of its local alert, Frisco Animal Services reminded citizens to ensure their pets’ vaccinations are current. Animal Services officers said it is not unusual to see a bat during daylight hours even though they are naturally nocturnal animals.
Symptoms of rabid bats include inability to fly, disorientation, staggering and screeching or crying, according to the release.
Animal services and the Frisco Police Department also shared tips to help prevent rabies:
• Vaccinate dogs and cats. Rabies vaccinations are required by ordinance, and keeping pets vaccinated protects them and people.
• Do not allow pets to roam without a restraint. There is a leash law in the city.
• Avoid contact with dogs and cats you do not know as well as wild animals. Do not hand-feed wild animals or keep them as pets.
• Do not touch sick or injured animals.
Animals that appear sick or injured should be reported to animal services at 972-292-6010.