By Anyssa Bohanan
Central Oregon Daily
A Bend woman is urging people to make sure their pets are vaccinated after a dozen of her animals were quarantined this week.
It all started with a bat in the backyard.
When Diane Scott found what she thought was a dead bat here on her property in Bend, she initially thought nothing of it – until a couple of days later when she sent it in and test results came back showing it had rabies.
“Saturday we found a bat in the backyard, the bat wasn’t moving and i didn’t really think much about it,” she said. “I thought it was dead, I went to grab a wad of paper towels to remove the dead body – well it hissed at me.”
Scott says she then placed the bat into a container.
It wasn’t until the next morning that she began to worry the bat had potentially been infected with rabies.
It had died by then, it died within the hour,” she said “And so i put it in a Ziploc bag, put it in the freezer. State police sent me to the Oregon State University in Corvallis and I actually got someone on a call there and they told me what to do as far as keeping it in the refrigerator until Monday when I could ship it out and how to ship it out.”
When results came back positive Tuesday evening, all of Scott’s 11 cats. one of her five horses and her senior dog had to receive rabies boosters and shots as a precaution.
The cats and dog have also been placed under observation and must remain indoors for the next 45 days.
“They’re not allowed out in the cattio yard. The dog has to be on a leash, we have to walk through and make sure there are no other bats because the problem is that if one bat has the rabies all bats in the colony are carrying the rabies disease. Lots of sleepless nights, lots of worry,” she said.
Scott highly recommends that others get their cats vaccinated, especially if they go outside and to ensure that all other pets are up to date on boosters.
“If you see a bat and you’re not sure that your animals have come into contact with it, get them boosters as soon as possible,” she said.