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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Dartmouth officials sent out a warning Tuesday that a rabid woodchuck may have been spotted in the area.

The animal was reportedly last seen at John George Ice Cream on Slocum Road around 5 p.m. Sunday.

The woodchuck has not yet been captured, according to town officials, so it has not been tested to confirm that it was rabid.

Officials said anyone who was in direct contact with the animal may have been exposed to the rabies virus, which is transferrable through a bite, scratch, or saliva contact.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed should contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 or their health care provider for treatment.

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