On the Montour Trail in Pennsylvania, on the evening of May 19, 2011, a couple were walking their dogs. On this day a raccoon fought with one of the couples dogs. This dog is either a black Labrador or Labrador mix. The couple had a little dog, but that one didn’t fight.
On April 21, 2011, state wildlife officers euthanized this raccoon and discovered it had rabies after it was taken to the Allegheny County Health Department.
Now State wildlife officials want that couple to come forward and admit their dog fought with a rabid animal.
Their were 2 rabid raccoons so far in Allegheny County this year. Last year, out of all the animals found in Allegheny County five rabid animals were found.and the animals were one raccoon, three bats and a fox.
Allegheny Xounty Health Director says, “We’re encouraging the dog’s owner to come forward so the pet can be elevated and treated, if necessary, without delay.” Officials want the couple to bring in their dog because they have no idea how much contact the pet had with the rabid animal.
To get rabies, you have to have open cuts or sores touch the saliva of a rabid animal.
For more information:Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at 724-442-1585
Or Allegheny County Health Department 412-687-ACHD