Two raccoons in Sewickley Valley test positive for rabies
Two raccoons in the Sewickley area have tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.
Three dogs were exposed to the raccoons — one found on Park Lane in Glen Osborne and another on Redgate Road in Aleppo, spokesman Guillermo Cole said.
In both incidents, which occurred in April, no humans came in contact with the raccoons, Cole said.
The dogs all were up to date on rabies vaccines, he said.
“They'll be OK most likely,” Cole said. The dogs are to remain within the confines of the homeowner's property, he said.
“If they see any symptoms, they're asked to report it,” Cole said.
The incidents serve as a reminder for pet owners to vaccinate house pets, Cole said.
“Chances of encounters with wildlife increase as the weather warmer,” he said.
“When a raccoon or other wildlife approaches, don't go near it, back away,” Cole said.
He also suggests pet owners wear rubber gloves when inspecting their pets after a possible rabies exposure — especially if bitten or the pet comes in contact with the wild creature's saliva.
If wild animals become threatening, individuals are asked to report it to local police or animal control, he said.
Including the two incidents in the Sewickley area, five rabid animals have been reported across Allegheny County this year, including four raccoons and one stray cat.
In the four incidents involving raccoons, no humans were exposed to rabies, Cole said. Five people and one pet were exposed to rabies in the stray cat incident reported in January.
“We don't want to see rabies develop in humans because it can be fatal,” he said.
Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.