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More rabid bats turn up in the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: August 24, 2014 2:42 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2014 2:42 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley continues to account for the majority of rabid bat discoveries countywide this year, with four found so far this month in the SCV, according to a report released by Los Angeles County.

The latest rabid bat was found in Newhall and was seen clinging to a window screen in the daytime, according to a report dated Friday from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

That bat was later found on the ground, according to the report.

Another bat was also found this month in the mouth of a dog in Santa Clarita. Two dogs on the property where the bat was found had likely come into contact with it, according to the county report.

Rabies vaccinations for both dogs were current, so they were given boosters and placed under home quarantine for one month, according to the report.

All four of the rabid bats found in Los Angeles County in August were found in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the report.

Earlier this month, one was found alive outside a home in Saugus. Two dogs were found playing with a dead bat in Newhall, as well.

In that case, the dogs were not up to date on their vaccinations so they were placed under home quarantine for six months, according to the report.

Overall, 23 rabid bats have been found in Los Angeles County so far this year — 13 of them in the Santa Clarita Valley.

While most bats are not rabid, those seen flying around in daylight or found on the ground are more likely to have rabies.

Residents are warned not to touch or pick up bats and to instead call animal control.
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