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Rabid fox

Area/location : Van Fleet Road, Polk City
Message from : Polk County Animal Control
News date : Jul 23, 2021
Details :
On Friday, July 23, 2021, a fox that was being aggressive and trying to attack six barn cats, four horses, and two cows at a Polk City property was confirmed to have been infected with rabies.

The owner of the animals saw the fox snapping at her cats in her barn on July 21, 2021, and killed it. 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control responded to collect the fox, and it was sent to the state laboratory in Tampa for testing.

On Friday, July 23rd, the results of the test confirmed that the fox was infected with rabies. 

The woman’s animals are not currently vaccinated for rabies. They will be quarantined for possible exposure. 
If you have any questions please contact Animal Control at 863-577-1762.