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

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

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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