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Apr 8, 2024

Polk County has second confirmed case of rabies in 2024

Media Contact: Carrie Horstman

The second case of rabies in Polk County this year has been confirmed, in the area of Maniac Lane in Frostproof.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control Officers responded to a call for service from a homeowner who reported her dog was fighting with a raccoon. The dog killed the raccoon prior to the ACO's arrival. The raccoon's body was sent to the state laboratory for testing, and the results were sent back to Animal Control on April 5th confirming the raccoon tested positive for rabies.

Make sure your pets are vaccinated, and call us immediately if you see your pet tangled up or messing with with any wildlife. Luckily, this pet was vaccinated.– Grady Judd, Sheriff