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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 :: 09:00 a.m. EDT




South Brunswick Health Department advises that on April 17 a resident’s dogs attacked a raccoon in their backyard in the vicinity of Paul Avenue.  The raccoon was retrieved by Animal Control and turned over to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory.  The State Laboratory reported yesterday the raccoon tested positive for rabies.  This is the third (3rd) rabid animal reported within Middlesex County for 2019 and the first (1) animal reported in the Township. 
The South Brunswick Health Department continues to monitor rabies cases within the municipality.  Residents should report wild animals showing signs of unusual behavior to the Police Department.  Additionally, it is recommended that residents should avoid contact with wild animals and immediately report any bites from wild or domestic animals to your local health department and consult a physician as soon as possible.  Finally, be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.
Rabies Prevention Guidelines  The South Brunswick Health Department is advising residents to follow these guidelines in order to prevent rabies from being transmitted to themselves or their pets:
  1. Immediately report a bite from a wild or domestic animal to your local health department.
Wash animal bite wounds thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible after the bite.  Contamination of open cuts or scratches with saliva of potentially rabid animals should also be washed off immediately.  Consult a physician as soon as possible.
  1. Immediately report any wild animal showing signs of unusual behavior.  Signs of unusual animal behavior could be that the animal may:
  • Move slowly                                        
  • Appear sick
  • Have an increase of saliva
  • Act aggressive
  • Have paralysis
  • May act as if it is tame
  • Have problems swallowing
  • Have increased drooling
  • Have difficulty moving
  • Bite at everything if excited
Residents should avoid any contact with the animal and call the Animal Control Office or Police Dispatch.
  1. Be sure that all family pets are up to date on their rabies vaccination. If unsure please call your veterinarian.  Call your local health department for free rabies vaccination clinic availability.
  2. Animal proof your home and yard.  Make sure all garbage containers have tight fitting lids, do not leave pet food or water outside, do not allow rainwater to collect in outdoor containers or equipment and keep yard free of garbage and debris.
  3. Do not feed or handle wild animals.
  4. Avoid contact with stray animals or pets other than your own.
  5. Try to prevent your pets from coming into contact with wild animals.
  6. Screen off vents to attics and other areas that could provide shelter for bats.
Additional information may be obtained by calling:
South Brunswick Health Department at 732-329-4000 Ext. 7237 OR
South Brunswick Animal Control at 732-329-4000 Ext. 7265

South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-329-4646

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