Clifton woman scared that her dog could have rabies

Published: Aug. 22, 2017 at 10:38 PM MDT
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A Clifton woman is scared that her dog might have rabies.

The dog is in quarantine after her owner found it with a bat in it's mouth, and that bat tested positive for rabies.

"As I moved toward her, I could kind of tell it was bat and I told her drop it," said Dianne Dershem, the dog owner.

Dershem recounted the day she saw her dog, Sabria, holding a bat in her mouth.

"Right here, right under the tree," she said, "I've heard so much about bats carry disease and they carry rabies," she added.

She picked up the bat and called animal control. Then the bat tested positive for rabies.

"I knew she (Sabria) had her shots but I was still afraid," she said.

Her 5 year old pit bull mix is on quarantine.

"To see if she changes like going in circles, not drinking water, and foaming at the mouth," Dershem said.

So she can't leave the house or yard.

"Being that she's had shots she can stay here on quarantine," said Dershem.

Mesa County hasn't seen a rabies case since 2014.

"When it did come back positive, yeah I was shocked," said Dershem.

It's taken seriously for obvious reasons.

"Rabies is a major public health issue. Any mammal, including people have the potential to get rabies and it's not very treatable," said Steve TerLouw, a veternarian.

Dershem said she can't imagine life without her pal.

"She's really a big part of me right now because losing those two dogs, and then she came along so I was really scared that something would happen to her," Dershem added.

Dershem said that animal services will be stopping by once a week to check on her dog to see how she's doing. When the bat did test positive for rabies, Dershem took her dog to get a booster rabies shot.

TerLouw said that it's important to always make sure your pets have their shots.

In Mesa County, rabies shots are good for 3 years.