Bat tests positive for rabies in Wellfleet

Animal control officer issues warning to all pet owners
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WELLFLEET - The Wellfleet animal control officer announced in a release Monday that a Wellfleet bat recently tested positive for rabies.  AC Officer Lorial Russell reminds all pet owners that dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies per Massachusetts law.

Coming in contact with a rabid wild animal can be lethal for dogs and cats, according to Russell.

If your pets' vaccination is out of date, Russell suggests making an appointment with your vet immediately and having your animals' shots brought up-to-date.

Each year, the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force distributes vaccine bait throughout the Cape's wooded areas in an effort to curb rabies among wildlife.

In January 2012 a Marstons Mills man died after contracting rabies most likely through a bat bite.  This human case was the first in the commonwealth since 1935.

The Wellfleet Police Department did not release any other information about the bat.

For more details about bats in your area, read the MassWildlife Homeowner's Guide to Bats here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on