SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) – A bat found inside a Sherwood home has tested positive for rabies. The Arkansas Department of Health on Wednesday notified Sherwood Animal Services of the positive test.
Arkansas law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. However, these vaccinations must be kept current through additional booster shots.
If an apparently healthy, domesticated dog or cat bites a person, it must be captured, confined, and observed for 10 days. If you find a bat in your home, isolate it into one room, then call either an animal control officer or a wildlife control for testing. Only two to three percent of wild bats actually test positive for rabies.