Lab unable to conclude if rabies a factor in pit bull attack on Exeter couple

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A laboratory was unable to determine if the pit bull that attacked its Exeter Township owners last month was rabid, a spokeswoman for the Animal Rescue League of Berks County said Tuesday.

Lab tests could not be conducted because there was not enough brain material from the animal, which was killed by a neighbor who shot it in the head with a shotgun, said Beth Ireland, marketing and communications director for the Rescue League in Cumru Township.

Owner Christopher Triest, 35, had one of his thumbs torn off when he tried to get the dog off Rebekah Groh, 35, who was attacked on May 1 as she tried to get the pet out of her vehicle, according to Exeter police.

Groh suffered hand lacerations and other injuries and was also hospitalized.

According to police:
The pit bull, an unneutered male about 5 or 6 years old that belonged to Groh and Triest, was described as normally not aggressive.

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