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Dog kills rabies-infected groundhog in Mt. Lebanon

| Tuesday, July 3, 2018 1:00 p.m.
A groundhog was found with rabies in Mt. Lebanon.

A groundhog killed by a dog in Mt. Lebanon tested positive for rabies, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

The dog killed the groundhog near the 500 block of Sleepy Hollow Road, the department said Tuesday in a news release. The dog was up to date on its vaccinations, a department spokesman said.

Rabies, which is nearly always fatal when left untreated, can be transmitted through an animal bite or scratch or other exposures to an infected animal’s saliva, the release said.

The county encourages people to vaccinate their pets and watch for unusual or threatening behavior in animals.

The groundhog was the ninth animal reported with rabies in Allegheny County this year, along with four raccoons and four bats.

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