***Rabies Alert*** Venango County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Published 06/09 2014 04:18PM

Updated 06/09 2014 04:21PM

Location – Mercer Road, Franklin, Franklin Township, Venango County

Summary – A man walked out of his home and found his cat playing with a bat. The bat was submitted to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory where it tested positive for rabies.

Exposure – One currently vaccinated cat was exposed to the bat. The cat will receive a rabies booster and be quarantined to the home for 90 days. No humans were exposed to the bat.

Rabies Law – Pennsylvania law requires all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older to be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity. Failure to comply with the law may result in a fine of up to $300.

For more information, visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us  and search “rabies.”

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