For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2020
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Township Health Department responded to a call concerning a dog fighting with a raccoon on June 1, 2020 in the area of Parkview Terrace in Lincroft. Middletown Animal Control Officers apprehended the raccoon, and the animal was sent to the State Laboratory for testing. Results received on June 3, 2020 confirmed that the raccoon was rabid. The dog was licensed and current on its Rabies vaccination.
Residents should be reminded not to 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. Please 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.
Remember, 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.
The Middletown Health Department would like to remind everyone that all dogs and cats must be licensed in the Township.