Carnegie issues alert for sick raccoons |

Carnegie issues alert for sick raccoons

Carnegie officials want residents to keep an eye out for sick raccoons, as sightings have increased exponentially.

There have been a total of 35 complaints about sick raccoons in the area since May 13 this year. In comparison, the township had only received nine complaints in total dating back to January 2013, according to Mayor Jack Kobistek.

Of the 35 complaints, 18 were euthanized by Carnegie police, 10 by animal control, and the remaining were either already dead or gone when personnel arrived.

There have been no incidents so far involving humans, Kobistek said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Allegheny County Health Department are testing captured raccoons for diseases.

Residents who see a sick animal can call 911 or the police, Kobistek said.

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