LAWRENCEVILE (KDKA) – City of Pittsburgh Animal Control reports the first case of rabies in the city in 10 or possibly even 15 years.

A raccoon was seen walking in circles at 43 1/2 and Railroad Streets. Police showed up and shot the animal which later tested positive for rabies, according to Gerald Akrie from Animal Control.

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The Allegheny County Health Department reports two previous cases in the county this year. Rabid raccoons were found in both Penn Hills and Shaler.

Akrie went door to door in Lawrenceville warning people to be on the lookout for the possibility of other rabid animals.

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Rabies is most commonly seen in skunks, raccoons, stray cats, foxes, bats and groundhogs.

Akrie says pet owners should make sure their animals’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.


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David Highfield