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Rabid Cat Attacks 3 Manalapan Residents

Those that were bitten by the rabid cat are undergoing rabies post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

The and Western Monmouth Animal Control are alerting residents about an outdoor stray cat that tested positive for rabies on July 25. The black and white cat, which was found in the area of Atrium Way and Chestnut Way off of Pension Road, bit three residents on two separate occasions on Wednesday, July 25.

The cat was captured and sent out to be tested for rabies; the positive results came back on July 27. The people who were bitten by the cat have now begun a rabies post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

Anyone who has come into contact with this stray cat is advised to call the Manalapan Health Department, located within the . Also, if a pet has come into contact with the feline please get in touch with your veterinarian, the Health Department advises.

According to Manalapan Health Department Director David Richardson, the incident of the rabid cat is not related to a hat was recently discovered in the township.

Please be on the lookout for any other animals or cats that may be acting strangely. Unusual behavior in animals is generally defined as aggresive tendencies, a sick appearance, or a very lethargic or passive behavior, according to the Health Department. Any observances of peculiar functioning in animals should be reported to the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345, or the after normal working hours or on the weekends at 732-446-4300.

The Health Department wants to take this opportunity to remind residents that all of their domestic pets should be properly vaccinated against the rabies virus.

Natalie July 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Manalapan implements trap and kill to deal with feral cats in an effort to "protect" the community. As feral cat advocates have been stating for years, trap and kill does not work. Trap and kill is a fast, lazy, ineffective method of dealing with the feral cat population and Manalapan taxpayers foot the bill. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) involves volunteer caretakers who not only spay and neuter feral cats to stop the breeding cycle, but also vaccinate the cats against rabies, as well as monitor the cats so that any newcomers are immediately trapped, spayed or neutered, and vaccinated as well. Township endorsed TNR would help to eliminate incidents such as this and cut down costs for taxpayers. Many residents in the area where this cat has been found wanted TNR in their condo complex, however, the idea was rejected. If TNR was implemented at the time, the pain and suffering the bitten residents are now experiencing, as well as the death of this cat, could have been avoided. Whether you love or hate cats, TNR is a win/win situation for everyone. Manalapan has been implementing trap and kill for years, however, there is no shortage of feral cats and it is obviously not protecting the residents from rabies. This is because trap and kill does not work. It's time for a change. Visit alleycat.org for more information.
toxic brother July 29, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Catch all cats no one claims and put them down..... The cat population is to high around here. Make hunting season for them! Or aim your cars at them. Bears ,cats and crazy people all in manalapan.
Emily July 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Yours is a very sick reply. Someone with the hunting screen name must have posted this. "Crazy" people in Manalapan? One who responds in such a "hateful" way may be the same individual who keeps posting on the Manalapan forum, putting people down. It's important to recognize the signs of sickness in an animal. Raccoons, cats, dogs, etc. can carry the rabies virus. As the article states, call the police or health department. But, keep your distance!!
Tom July 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I've trapped 17 cats over the last two years under Manalapan's program to trap and neuter. But it's a waste of time. The real problem is that Manalapan does not enforce it's own regulations that make it illegal to feed stray cats without neutering them. During the time that I trapped all those cats, I watched as at least three more litters were born on my block while the "nice old lady" down the block continued to feed and attract new strays. I've seen other houses like that as I walk around town where sometimes dozens of strays are congregating waiting to be fed. Why can't Manalapan enforce it's own existing laws to ticket and punish the people who are making this growth in the feral cat population possible?
Curious George July 29, 2012 at 01:11 PM
We also have a feral blogger community.
Emily July 29, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Tom, people ignore the rules all the time. I've seen signs by a lake where people are informed with a huge sign-"Don't feed the ducks and Canadian geese". Yet, bread and other food is thrown into the lake. Many townships do not enforce the existing laws. Also, people are still texting , using cell phones, eating while driving. Do you see anyone pulled over for putting other peoples lives in danger? It's time to really put safety first. This goes for what you've stated as well as irresponsible drivers on the road. Stop these people and ticket them!!!!
Robin July 29, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We have friendly feral cats in our block. Where's the best place to get them neutered and vaccinated?
annette marinko July 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
observed a odd squirrel a few days ago. was spread out on our fence. was alive, but didn't move during the day. saw it's head move. i kept making noise to see if it moved, but didn't. wasn't there the next morning.
Mike Rath July 30, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Think that's a normal activity for a squirrel in the summer. They have done it for years on my side deck...
northsider July 31, 2012 at 01:18 AM
my neighbor traps neuters and releases and now we have no rabbits or chipmunks and fewer songbirds

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