Rabid bat found in Rio Arriba County

VELARDE, N.M. (KRQE) – County Animal Services Officers received confirmation from State Officials that a bat captured and sent in for testing earlier in the month tested positive for rabies.

The bat was found near a building located on the property of a local business in Velarde the week of July 22. According to local residents, the bat was acting strangely and at one point was unable to fly.

The bat was eventually captured and turned over to officials.

The public is cautioned to stay clear of any animal acting out of normal.

Rabid animal signs:

• Wild animals who show no fear of humans
• Are fully or partially paralyzed
• Experience a loss of appetite
• Exhibit strange behaviors such as snapping at the air or turning in circles
• Are nocturnal animals who wander during the day
• Drool excessively
• Eating substances that aren’t food such as rocks, dirt or wood
• Have sporadic changes in mood or behavior
• Appear to be restless or aggressive
• Are obviously disoriented
• Acquire a change in voice (change in the pitch and tone of your dog’s bark)

Any rabid signs in animals should be reported to Animal Services immediately. Household pets should be vaccinated against the virus annually.

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