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Posted on: September 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] 9/12/22 Rabies Alert: Rabid Skunk Found in Area of Jefferson St. Near Wilmort Park

RABIES ALERT_NEWS

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Township Animal Control Division responded to a call of a skunk acting aggressively on Thursday, September 8th in the area of Jefferson St. near Wilmort Park. Middletown Animal Control captured the animal after an exposure to a resident. Lab results confirmed the skunk was positive for rabies.

REMINDERS:

  • Do not interact with wildlife under any circumstance. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and avoid all contact. Call Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department at 732-615-2100 after hours and on weekends.
  • Make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a rabies shot. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid.
  • All dogs and cats must be licensed in the Township. Access the Middletown Licenses and Permits Portal.
  • Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is to vaccinate your pets and to not handle or interact with wildlife. If you are bitten or exposed to blood/saliva of an animal, contact your physician immediately. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet was exposed to wildlife, even if previously vaccinated.
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