Rabies rears its ugly head in Middletown, and renews the call by township health officials to be sure that pet vaccinations are up to date.


The township health department received confirmaiton Thursday of the disease in a raccoon that tangled with a dog August 18 in the Atlantic Highlands section, near Sears Avenue. They said that the dog had an active vaccination against rabies.

Middletown offers free rabies vaccinations for cats September 9, and for dogs October 14, in Croydon Hall, Leonardville Road, Leonardo. You can get details about either at 732-615-2097.

In the meantime, health officials reinforce their warning to avoid contact with wildlife and feral animals. Keep a safe distance from sick or injured animals, and call township Animal Control officers at the same number (above) where details for vaccinations clinics can be found.

In addition to keeping vaccines current, keep pets leashed outside, even in the woods.

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