Groundhog Killed By Dog In Mt. Lebanon Tests Positive For Rabies.

The Allegheny Health Department says nine animals have tested positive for the virus this year.

July 03, 2018 - 1:04 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A groundhog that was killed by a dog in Mount Lebanon has tested positive for rabies, The Allegheny Health Department confirmed Tuesday. It was killed near the 500 block of Sleepy Hollow Road.

The health department said in a statement:

“All county residents should always avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if they appear healthy, to avoid exposure to rabies. It’s also very important for residents to have their pets vaccinated and to 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.”

The Health Department confirms to KDKA Radio the dog that killed the groundhog is up to date on its rabies vaccines. 

They add anytime a domestic animal is exposed to a rabid animal, the state Department of Health has a vet on staff that continues to advise the owners of the animal that was exposed.

Eight other animals have tested positive for rabies so far in 2018. They include four raccoons and four bats.

A rabid raccoon tested positive for rabies in Upper St. Clair last week.

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