Officers from animal services located the bat on the ground Sept. 12 in the Tuscany Meadows subdivision, which is north of Lebanon Road between Ohio Drive and Hillcrest Road. A city news release stated that 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 rabies for bats include the inability to fly, disorientation, staggering and screeching or crying, according to the release.
On Sept. 16, the city of Plano issued a separate alert about a bat that had tested positive for rabies after coming in contact with a resident near Custer Road and West 15th Street.
Frisco Police Department and the city's Animal Services also shared the following 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.
Frisco Animal Services previously issued a local alert Aug. 7 after a bat found in the Preston Manor neighborhood tested positive for rabies.
Animals that appear sick or injured should be reported to Frisco Animal Services at 972-292-6010.