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Seven bats were found and captured in a Canyon residence center

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Amarillo, TX - Seven bats were found and captured in a Canyon residence center. 

According to Amarillo Animal Control the bats tested negative for rabies. 

Richard Havens, Animal Control Director of Management and Welfare would not disclose the name of the residence center. 

The animals can be helpful for the environment because they consume up to their body weight in insects. 

They will often be seen hanging around light poles at night. It is important to make sure homes are sealed so bats can not get in and reproduce. 

Rabies can be fatal for humans if left untreated, and Havens encourages people to stay away from bats and contact authorities if one is encountered. 

"Keep kids away from them, keep animals away from them and make sure your dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies," Havens says. "It is very important for public safety as well as the safety of all the family members." 

Havens does assure that no bats have tested positive for rabies in Potter or Randall County this year. 

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