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Two Rabid Raccoons Confirmed In Crawford County

April 5, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed this week that two raccoons captured after fights with dogs in Crawford County in late March have tested positive for rabies.

The raccoon incidents were reported in Woodcock and Union Townships.  No humans were exposed to the diseased animals.

One of the two dogs involved in the raccoon fights had been vaccinated for rabies, but will be quarantined for six months.  The dog in the Woodcock Township incident had not been vaccinated, and was euthanized.

Agriculture Department officials say it should not be unusual to hear scattered reports of rabies now that warmer weather has arrived, and they advise pet owners to follow state law and have their animals inoculated for rabies.

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