An Ogden woman who was bitten by a rabid bat has undergone treatment, and seven cats and one dog have had to be put to sleep because of contact with infected bats in Weber County.
Annette Salazar said her Sept. 16 encounter with the animal "was like a nightmare movie.""I was asleep and something pinched my finger really hard, waking me up," she said. "It was shortly before 7 a.m., still dark but light enough for me to see this large black thing on the bed. . . . I pushed it and it made this weird sound, sort of like a rattlesnake, and started crawling closer to me."
Salazar said she and her husband notified an animal control officer, who caught the bat that later was found to be infected with the fatal disease.
Jay Eakle, manager of Ogden City Animal Services, said Wednesday that seven cats and a German shepherd have been put to sleep in the past three weeks due to known contact with rabid bats.
"People should assume all bats have rabies and never touch them, or skunks either," said Weber-Morgan environmental director Roger Wilde said. "Skunks test positive for rabies even more than bats."
Davis County Health District environmental director Delane McGarvey said only one rabid bat was reported during summer in the county, and it wasn't known to have come into contact with any humans or animals.
A health district spokesman said there had been no reported bat incidents in Box Elder County this year.