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I had a possible exposure call of a dead bat in the yard of the caller. When I got on scene I spoke to the caller who said while cleaning the yard his wife found a small bat and panicked immediately. They knew that bats can carry rabies called 911.

I asked them to show me where the body was and they walk me around the side of the house. I asked the caller while I was being escorted, if they had animals that my have come into contact with the bat. He stated no that he did sweep it with a broom but he did not touch it.

He then stands back about 5 feet and points at the bat. All I see is a dead, in fact almost jerky dry, baby bird without feathers. I ask where the bat is and he points at the bird...... I pick up the dead bird, show him the beak, the feet and ensure him it is not a bat nor a mammal so him and his family are safe from the rabies virus. He did not believe me. He made me impound the body and send it to the state lab for testing to see if it was a bat like he thought or a bird like it was...... Yeah... not happening.


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I thought of another case that was not what I expected....

I was called by dispatch to meet police on scene. There was a human that had died in the house and they needed an ACO to remove the dog before the paramedics could remove the body. I was forwarned that the dog had started to eat the person's face.

I walked in with my snare pole expecting to see a big, vicious dog guarding the body from the description given to me only to find a scared, young Chihuahua in the room. I did not want to see the person's face from the description given to me by police so I looked away from the head end. To my surprise, the person was naked and, of course, the dog was jumping all over the human. I grabbed a slip lead, got it over the dog's head and got out of there as fast as possible.

I think PD wanted to see what my reaction would be to getting a dog out with a naked, dead person in the room. I was so quick in getting the dog that they thought I was leaving the scene without him. When they asked me if I was going to get the dog, I turned around and showed them the dog and said, "Who him? I got him already." So, I guess they did not get the response they expected from me.
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Nice! Several people, especially in Mesa and Sun City, have little statues of Mules. In some of the Hispanic neighborhoods they have statues of dogs. Rotties are quite popular. I saw one house where they had a statue of a Husky but it was was leashed

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The leashed statue I was talking about.



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Yeah, I am guilty of seeing a dog "at large" that turned out to be a statue. I really hope no one else saw me. Luckily, the owners of the "dog" were not home.
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Scooterchick, I don't see a rabies tag
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Scooterchick, I don't see a rabies tag
Nice catch.

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This one doesn't top some of your stories but I got a kick out of it.

I was called out to a cruelty. Complainant states that a black dog is very skinny out in a yard with no food water or shelter.

I met with complainant who advised me that the dog was really skinny and all it had was a shed to go under. She was concerned when she didn't see the dog for a couple weeks and returned in even worse condition. She let me know that she had started putting food and water over the fence for the dog because she felt bad for it.

So I arrived at alleged violator's home who greets me at the front door of his air conditioned home and along side him inside is a yellow lab type dog who appears in great condition. He stated that this dog was the only one he owned.

I asked if he would mind if I tak a look in his back yard and he gladly showed me, yellow lab in tow. What do we see in the back unfenced yard but a really skinny very skittish black dog.

Violator states that he has been chasing this dog off for over a week and he cannot figure out why she keeps coming back.

Well the STRAY dog keeps coming back because someone keeps feeding it.

I was able to catch her in minutes with food and a dog trap.
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I have posted this story a couple of times on this forum and once on FaceBook, so if you have heard it before, please don’t give away the ending to the new people.

Way back when I was a brash young rookie that wanted to catch anything that moved, I saw a big light brown and white Saint Bernard laying in a yard on top of a hill. I parked the truck and got out, and the dog never moved. I grabbed my pole and stealthfully climbed up the hill. When I topped the hill, I found myself surrounded by Mary, Joseph, some dudes with camels and baby Jesus, and my Saint Bernard turned out to be a plastic cow.

I then stealthfully maneuvered my way back down the hill, and stealthfully left the area with great haste before anybody saw me.
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I caught a goat once, and everything was pretty cool until I actually started to stuff him in the truck. He let out with this really long, really loud Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, and I was sure everybody in the neighborhood thought I was killing the silly thing. Fortunately, there was nobody else there.
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We have a large colony of Mexican Freetail bats in my jurisdiction (largest urban population) so bat calls aren't uncommon for us to get.

Get a call about a bat in a lady's garage. I get there and she points to this black object on her garage door. I walk over to it and point to the object that she stated that that was it.

I looked up and she had some shelvings with a black trash bag on top of it. The garage door caught a piece of the trash bag and voila! The real culprit was a piece of black standard issue trash bag.

Don't worry, I impounded on site. Nothing to see here.

On that note, I've gotten other bat calls that have turned out to be an old banana peel, a bird, moths, butterflys??, dust balls. Yeah. Sigh. Just gotta laugh...

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