MIDDLETOWN, NJ –The Middletown Township Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of a fox testing positive for Rabies. The fox was tested after it was in an altercation with 2 dogs on August 10, 2015. The incident happened in the area of Brookline Court and Rolling Knolls Drive. There was no human contact and both dogs that were exposed to the animal were up to date on their rabies vaccinations, according to Health Department Director Rich DeBenedetto.

In light of finding this sick fox, we would like to remind residents about the possibility of wildlife being infected with Rabies. 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.

Residents should not be interacting with wildlife. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.