A woman woke to a bat flying in a vacation home she rented at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a lawsuit states.
The woman and her two minor daughters were staying in a home inside the campground in 2016 when the bat woke them, a lawsuit states. She contends the bat was released rather than being saved for rabies testing.
The suit was filed in the Horry County Court of Common Pleas.
The family has incurred costs for rabies vaccination and related care.
Lisa Saddler, a Lincoln County, West Virginia, resident, is seeking damages and costs and has demanded a jury trial.
A spokeswoman for Ocean Lakes said the campground would not comment on an active lawsuit.
Charles Fleck, believed to be the owner of the property, is named as a defendant.
On Sept. 4, 2016, Lisa Saddler, a Lincoln County, West Virginia, resident, and two minor daughters were renting a vacation home owned by Fleck from Ocean Lakes, according to the lawsuit.
“During their arrival night, Plaintiff and her minor children woke up to a bat flying inside their bedroom of the rental property,” the suit said.
At about 1:30 a.m., two security guards employed by Ocean Lakes went to the home after Saddler called about the animal.
The guards captured the bat and “negligently” released the animal without maintaining custody and control of it to be tested for rabies or contacting a professional wildlife removal service about capturing and testing the bat, the lawsuit said.
The day after, Saddler met with Russell Cavender, who owns and operates a professional wildlife removal service and is known as the “snake chaser.”
He told her the vacation home had been sealed and “bat proofed” prior to being rented to her, according to the filing.
The family first sought treatment on Sept. 12, 2016.
The three “received four rounds of rabies prevention and exposure shots and experienced extreme sickness throughout their treatment,” the lawsuit said.
The suit argues Saddler and her daughters suffered physical harm and mental anguish because of Ocean Lakes’ and Fleck’s negligence in failing to safely and properly maintain the premises.
The two security guards “breached the duty of care owed to Plaintiff when the bat was released,” the lawsuit contends.