NORTH ABINGTON TWP. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture issued a rabies alert in Lackawanna County after a skunk, which had a run-in with a dog at the Lackawanna State Park on Saturday, July 16, tested positive for the virus.
“A skunk wandered out of the woods and approached some visitors and a dog at the park,” reads the report. “There was some interaction between the dog and the skunk.”
The skunk tested positive for rabies at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg.
The dog will remain under quarantine for 180 days from the date of exposure.
According to Pennsylvania law, all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must be vaccinated against rabies and booster vaccinations must be administered periodically. Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to $300.
“To prevent exposure to the rabies virus, avoid contact with wild animals, including feral cats, particularly those that are acting abnormally,” advises the report. “If you encounter an animal that you suspect may have rabies, contact your local law enforcement or local Pennsylvania Game Commission office.”
The regional Department of Agriculture office can assist in safely preparing and submitting an animal for testing.
Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus should seek medical attention.
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