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Valley News Dispatch

Raccoon killed by dog in Plum was rabid

Matthew Medsger
| Monday, June 11, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Testing revealed that a raccoon killed by a dog in Plum was rabid, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

The raccoon was killed near the 300 block of Abers Creek Road. Officials could not say when.

The dog was up-to-date on its vaccinations, the health department said in a news release.

The raccoon is the sixth rabid animal reported to the county this year. Two other raccoons and three bats also tested positive for the disease.

Rabies can be transmitted through animal bites and scratches and is almost always fatal if left untreated.

“All county residents should always avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies. Residents should also have their pets vaccinated, and watch for unusual behavior. If any animal appears to be acting strange or becomes threatening, residents should notify their local animal control service, the police or the Pennsylvania Game Commission immediately,” officials said in the release.

The health department said anyone exposed to a potentially rabid animal should seek medical treatment or call the county Health Department at 412-687-2243.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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