Health Dept Still Looking For Couple Who Dropped Off Rabid Bat

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Editor's Note: The two people who dropped off the bat at the Humane Society have been found and treated (As of August 31, 2010).

The health department is looking for two people who dropped off a sick bat at the Humane Society. They released surveillance video of the man and woman Thursday. Health officials are afraid the bat may have infected that person with rabies. The Good Samaritans are seen here in this surveillance picture. If you recognize them, please call (719) 339-3230.

The Health Department says the couple left a sick bat in the drop box at the Humane Society of The Pikes Peak Region on Sunday night with a note that reads “bat hurt please help.”

The video shows a young man and young woman taking a box containing the bat into the night deposit area around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Another piece of the video surveillance shows the profile of what appears to be an SUV, possibly an older Jeep Cherokee. These two people, may have been exposed to rabies by handling the bat.

The bat was tested and found to be rabid. The person who dropped off the bat, and anyone else who touched it, may have been exposed to rabies. Rabies is a serious disease and is almost always fatal once symptoms begin.

The Health Department needs these people or anyone who knows them to call (719) 339-3230. This number will be monitored during business hours and after hours. For more information about rabies, go to www.elpasocountyhealth.org.

For a larger image of the surveillance photo, click on the Photos tab.


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