Health Department confirms rabies in 2 raccoons in Sewickley area

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A pair of raccoons that came into contact with three dogs near Sewickley this month tested positive for rabies, the Allegheny County Health Department said today.

In separate incidents, one raccoon on Park Lane in Glen Osborne got into a fight with a dog, and another on Redgate Road in Aleppo exposed two dogs there to the disease.

"Fortunately, the dogs are up-to-date with their rabies vaccines," said health department spokesman Guillermo Cole. "They are being quarantined as a precaution for three months."

The incidents serve as a reminder for pet owners to vaccinate their pets, a state law, Mr. Cole said.

Five animals have tested positive for rabies so far in 2013: four raccoons and a cat.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944.


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