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Health Department Warns Of Rabid Animals After Ninth Positive Test This Year

technician at a veterinary clinic in east Denver.
David Zalubowski
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AP
Luke Byerly tends to his 14-year-old beagle, Robbie, during a break at Byerly's job as a veterinary technician. Pittsburgh area pet owners were warned Tuesday, July 3, 2018, to watch for rabid animals and make sure their pets have been vaccinated.

The Allegheny County Health Department says a groundhog brought to one of its facilities after a dog killed it in Mount Lebanon has tested positive for rabies.

Officials say this is the ninth rabid animal reported in the county so far this year. The others were four raccoons and four bats.

County residents are being warned to avoid stray animals and wildlife, even if the animals appear healthy. They should also have their pets vaccinated and watch for unusual behavior.

Rabies is a virus transmitted by an animal bite or scratch, and such exposures are almost always fatal when left untreated.