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A bat with rabies was found east of White Rock Lake.

Dallas Animal Services found the bat in the Linwood Park/Casa Linda Forest neighborhood, just north of Ferguson Road and Buckner Boulevard.

The bat was dead when DAS picked it up, and the Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed it had rabies.

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“Cases like this demonstrate just how critical it is to keep your pets current on their rabies vaccinations, not only because it’s the law, but also because it’s the best way to keep your pets and family safe,” according to a newsletter from the office of District 9 City Council member Paula Blackmon.

Neighbors should not touch wild animals at any time. If they think they have come into contact with an animal that has rabies, they should call DAS at 214-670-8313 and get medical attention right away. Though this disease is deadly for people, it can be prevented with post-exposure treatment before the onset of symptoms.

Any animals showing unusual behavior or signs of illness should be reported to DAS by calling 3-1-1.

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