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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Health Department officials are warning residents of Spring Hill and Dormont after animals were found with rabies.

In Spring Hill, some residents say they have the stray cat blues.

“Usually when we get in our cars, they’re like walking, you know, just walking around,” said Jailyn Andrews.

It turns out one of those stray cats was rabid. It’s been recovered and warning signs have been posted in the neighborhood.

“There was only one?” asked one resident. “’Cause I know there was a lot out here. That’s pretty scary.”

Dormont Park was bustling with such beautiful weather, and filled with children. That’s why health officials are trying to track down children seen playing with baby raccoons in a hollowed out tree in the park.

They could have been exposed to rabies, which has some parents and grandparents alarmed.

“Well, definitely, yes,” said Denise Doolie of Dormont. “I mean, got all the kids running around. Of course, I mean it’s rabies. They need to take care of it, that’s for sure.”

The Allegheny County Health Department says if you think you’ve been exposed to rabies, contact the department right away.

They say you should avoid contact with wild or stray animals – and make sure your pet gets a rabies vaccine.

So far this year, there have been seven rabid animals reported in Allegheny County. Last year there were 18.

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