On January 25th, a bat found by a homeowner in the north portion of the city was sent to the San Bernardino County Public Health Department by responding Field Services Officers from the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Services Department, and has subsequently tested positive for the Rabies virus. In southern California, the bat is the common carrier of the disease although the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health states that it is estimated that only one-half of one percent of the population is infected with the virus.
Bats that are found on the ground are of great concern as approximately 20% of all downed bats tested will be positive for the virus. If you find any bats on your property, do not attempt to touch it. Keep children and pets away from the animal and report it to Animal Services Dispatch at (909) 466-7387. Animal Services Officers will safely remove the bat.
This is an important reminder to please vaccinate your pets and keep those vaccinations up to date. For more information regarding rabies, contact California Department of Public Health at (916) 558-1784 or www.cdph.ca.gov or the Field Services division of the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Services Department at (909) 466-7387 ext. 2084 or Field.Services@CityofRC.us.
Visit the Animal Care Center website for information on vaccine services for your pets @ www.RCpets.info
( News Release )