Rabid bat found in Horsham Township: dog quarantined

Montgomery County health officials said today that a bat has tested positive for rabies in Horsham Township.

Frank X. Custer, the county’s spokesman, said the dead bat was found in the 100 block of Crestview Road.

It was killed by a dog, but had no known contact with humans.

Because the dog was not up to date on its rabies shots, the animal will be quarantined for six months, Custer said.

Flyers warning of the dangers of rabies were sent out by the county health department to Horsham Township police. They will be posted in the neighborhood where the bat was recovered.

Anyone that has been bitten, scratched or had contact with the saliva of a bat must receive treatment for rabies, which can be fatal. Pets should be up to date on their rabies inoculations.