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Seven rabid bats found in SCV this year, latest in Canyon Country

Posted: August 1, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2014 10:18 p.m.

The seventh rabid bat so far this year was found locally in the last week, meaning almost half of all rabid bats discovered in Los Angeles County in 2014 have been found in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The latest bat was found outside a home in Canyon Country in July, according to the latest report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

It was the second rabid bat discovered in Canyon Country in July, according to county records. The other was also found outside a home.

All total, three rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita Valley in July and seven have been found so far this year, according to the county report.

Of those seven, four were found in Newhall, according to the county. One was found outside a residence in April, one was discovered on a patio in June and another was spotted inside a garage that same month.

Yet another was found on the ground in front of a garage in July. That bat reportedly hissed when approached.
One rabid bat was also found dead in a swimming pool in Agua Dulce back in February.

Countywide, 15 rabid bats have been discovered this year, including in Bradbury, Monrovia, Topanga, Palmdale and various areas in the city of Los Angeles.

While most bats in nature do not have rabies, residents are warned to keep an eye out for warning signs, such as a bat lying on the ground or seen flying around during the day.

Residents are warned not to touch bats they see and to instead call the county Animal Control Department.
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