Randy Haines knows his dog Rocco well, and when he recently heard Rocco barking in the backyard of his home in Lucerne County, he realized something was wrong.
This was a "nerve crust" Hines told WNEP.
He went outside to see what was wrong and before he knew it, he was attacked.
"He wrapped himself around my leg in a second, faster than a rattle," he told a television station.
But it wasn't a rattlesnake. According to a recent WNEP report, Hines was attacked by a rabid bat.
According to reports, the incident occurred on Aug. 27 in Larksville. Haines heard that nervous barking from his dog and went out to check. He was immediately attacked by a bat, digging his fingernails and repeatedly biting him.
Rocco was unharmed.
Haines immediately called the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, which sent the bat for testing.
He shared his story to inform people that rabies could be found in the region.
The Games Commission said it was a living bat – not one common in Pennsylvania, according to reports. The Commission recommends that anyone who is bitten by an animal they believe has rabies should seek medical attention immediately.