If someone encounters a bat or other wild animal, please contact Animal Control at 903-237-1290. If the event occurs at night or during a weekend, please contact the Longview Police Department non-emergency number at 903-237-1199.
Helpful Information about Bats:
Bats flying overhead do not pose a risk for transmitting rabies. Rabies is transmitted when an infected bat bites or scratches a person’s skin.
Never handle a bat.
If a person is scratched or bitten by a bat, the Environmental Health Department advises that the exposed person begin treatment to prevent rabies as soon as possible.
Residents are encouraged to periodically check attics and other quiet structures around the home. If bat roosts are discovered, pest control companies may assist with removal.
Vaccinate your pets to protect them against rabies.
Call the the Animal Control Division at 903-237-1290 if you encounter a bat or other wild animal around your home or place of business.