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Sixth rabies case this year confirmed in Polk County after dog puts bat in its mouth

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 17:10:00-04

A case of rabies was confirmed in Polk County after a dog grabbed a bat with its mouth.

It happened on Wednesday when a dog owner in Waverly said her boxer had a bat in its mouth.

When the boxer dropped the bat, the woman killed the bat with a shovel.

Animal control collected the bat and sent it away for testing, and it was confirmed positive for rabies two days later.

The dog was up to date on rabies vaccination and obtained a rabies booster.

This is the sixth case of rabies in Polk County this year.