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Another rabid bat found in the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: August 30, 2013 6:07 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 6:07 p.m.

The ninth rabid bat in the Santa Clarita Valley was found this week, meaning local discoveries now account for more than one-third of all rabid bats found in Los Angeles County.

The ninth bat was found dead next to a pool in Santa Clarita, according to information released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

It marks the third rabid bat to be found in Santa Clarita in the month of August. The first was found alive in a driveway and covered with a bucket until officials from the county Department of Animal Care and Control arrived to retrieve it.

The other was found clinging to the side of a garage.

Seven of the 22 rabid bats identified around Los Angeles County have been reported in the city of Santa Clarita, according to records. Another was found in Stevenson Ranch in May and another was found in the mouth of a dog in Saugus.

County officials to not provide more specific information on locations of rabid bat discoveries.

Besides Santa Clarita, Los Angeles is the only city within Los Angeles County where more than one rabid bat has been found this year.

Bats have been found throughout the county with confirmed cases in Lancaster, Porter Ranch and most recently in Altadena and Covina.

County health officials urge residents to stay away from and report bats acting erratically, such as flying around in sunlight or lying on the ground.

Residents who observe strange bat behavior are encouraged to call the Department of Animal Care and Control at 661-257-3191.



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