Rabies in Pennsylvania

Posted on: May 10th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has published the 2010 rabies statistics. According to an April 21, 2011 article from the Beaver County Times, 410 animals tested positive for rabies in PA in 2010. 217 raccoons, 56 cats and 56 skunks topped the list. Only 4 dogs were found to have rabies.

Allegheny County Health Department officials are requesting that the owner of a black lab contact them immediately. An April 23, 2010 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review discussed an April 19 fight between a raccoon and the black lab. The raccoon was killed by a state wildlife officer after it tested positive for rabies. Rabies exposure normally happens through a break in the skin that comes in contact with an infected animal’s saliva.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a dog attack, I suggest you immediately contact a PA dog attack lawyer. For 30 years I have fought for victims’ rights in Pennsylvania. Please telephone me at 800-980-4842 to schedule a free home consultation. Additional dog bite information can be found at PADogAttackLawyer.com.