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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.

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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