Middle Township Animal Control has received notice from the Cape May
County Health Department that a specimen submitted on December 24, 2012
has tested positive for the deadly virus, rabies. The specimen was
obtained after a dog attacked and killed a raccoon on Saturday, December
22, 2012 in Green Creek in Middle Township.
As rabies is always fatal Middle Township Animal Control recommends that all cats and dogs be kept indoors when not attended.
Symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to, stumbling or wobbly movement, overly friendly behavior, lethargy, paralysis, extreme aggression or excess salivation. Additionally, seeing a nocturnal mammal such as a raccoon or skunk that is active during daylight hours and exhibiting one or more of the above symptoms should be reported. If you should see a wild or stray animal exhibiting these symptoms call Middle Township Animal Control at 609-465-8700.
Beginning February 1st, 2013 Middle Township Animal Control will enforce a zero tolerance policy for all dogs that are found to be at large and unlicensed in Middle Township. A summons will be issued for any dog which is found running at large that is not licensed with the Township.
To obtain a dog license application, go to www.middletownship.com and download the license application. Dog owners may also apply for a license in person at the Township Administration Office, 2nd floor, at 33 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House. The license application must be submitted with proof of a current rabies vaccine that Expires after November 1, 2013. Licenses are given at a cost of $11.20 for an unaltered dog and $8.20 for any dog that is spayed or neutered. There is a grace period for licensing until January 31, 2013. Licensing your dog provides positive proof that the dog has been vaccinated against the deadly virus, rabies. A dog that is found at large with its license attached can easily be returned to its owners.
There will be a Free Rabies Clinic at Middle Township Public Works, 400 W. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House on January 26, 2013 Beginning at 2:00 PM and ending at 3:00 PM. This clinic is open to all cats and dogs. Dog licenses will be available at the clinic. It is recommended that you obtain and complete the license application to save time for anyone intending to purchase a license at the Free Rabies Clinic.