Four bats test positive for rabies in Plano

Several bats have tested positive for rabies in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Several bats have tested positive for rabies in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Several bats have tested positive for rabies in Plano. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Four bats in Plano have tested positive for the rabies virus since Sept. 16, according to a news release from the city.

One of the bats had come into contact with a Plano resident’s pets in the Stone Creek and Parkhaven drives area, the release said. Another bat that tested positive was found deceased on Clark Driveway north of New Haven Drive.

“This positive test highlights the importance of being cautious around wildlife and always reporting any contact with them,” Plano Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell said in the release. “It also shows why it’s so important to keep all pet vaccinations, especially rabies, current. There is no way to predict when a pet may come into contact with a wild animal.”

Plano is not the only city that has reported cases of rabies in animals as of late. A bat in Frisco also tested positive for rabies in August, according to a release from Frisco Animal Services.

Pets in Plano are required to receive rabies vaccinations, per Texas law and a Plano city ordinance. The Plano Animal Shelter offers low-cost rabies vaccinations on the third Friday of every month. The next clinic is on Oct. 16, according to the press release.

For more information, visit Plano Animal Services’ website.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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