The City of Allentown’s Bureau of Health and Animal Control are reminding pet owners to keep their animals up to date on rabies vaccinations.
A raccoon tested positive for rabies this week after being captured by Allentown police on Sunday, February 12 in the 400 block of N. Spruce Street. The raccoon came in contact with a dog in the area. The dog is now subject to a six month quarantine per PA Department of Agriculture protocols.
Animal Control advises feeding all pets inside, cleaning-up under bird feeders, covering trash and recycling cans and filling-in any holes around sheds to prevent den sites.
Residents are also advised not to entice any strange or wild animals to come near them. Residents should refrain from petting, touching or feeding stray or wild animals. Parents should supervise young children when outdoors and reinforce with older children not to pet strays.
If you have come into contact with a stray animal and have been bitten or scratched you should seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is an almost always fatal disease.