MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Please be advised that Middletown Township Animal Control responded to a cat that appeared sick and acting abnormally in the area of Ferraro Court, Green Oak Blvd. and Daniel Towers on November 17, 2015. The animal was captured and sent to the State Laboratory for testing. On Friday, November 20, 2015, we were informed that this cat did test positive for the rabies virus.

This is the first case of a rabid cat in 2015, although we have had other cases in wildlife samples. The cat was black with white markings on the chest and paws. It is possible that this stray cat was living in or around the neighborhood.

If anyone, or their domestic pet had any contact with this cat, please contact the Middletown Township Health Department and Animal Control at 732-615-2097 or the Middletown Police Department at night or on the weekends at 732-615-2100. We need to ascertain if there has been any contact that would warrant an immediate referral to a physician or veterinarian. Any resident with concerns or who may see other stray cats in this area are also encouraged to contact Animal Control.

Residents should not be interacting with wildlife or stray animals. 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. 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. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife and strays.