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Rabid raccoon found on Spruce Street in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A rabid raccoon found in Allentown is prompting a warning and reminder from the city’s Bureau of Health and Animal Control.

The raccoon was captured by Allentown police on Sunday, February 12 in the 400 block of N. Spruce Street but not before it came into contact with a dog.

Officials say the dog is now subject to a six-month quarantine per Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture protocols.

Animal control suggests all animal owners feed pets inside, clean up under bird feeders, cover trash and recycling cans and fill in any holes around sheds to prevent raccoon den sites.

Animal owners also need to keep their animals up to date on rabies vaccinations.

Finally, if you have come into contact with a stray animal and have been bitten or scratched you should seek medical attention immediately.

Rabies is almost always fatal.

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