LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they had to euthanize a dozen baby raccoons and test them for rabies after someone brought one of the animals into a western New York bar.

The Niagara County Health Department says a baby raccoon was brought into a tavern in the city of Lockport on June 2. Officials say several people handled the animal.

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The health department says it looked into the incident and learned the animal was one of 13 baby raccoons found in a nearby town. Officials say one of the raccoons was already dead and couldn’t be tested for rabies. The other 12 were euthanized so they could be tested.

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The agency says any of the bar patrons who handled the baby raccoon need to contact the health department for possible post-exposure rabies shots to prevent the potential onset of the disease.

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