Following is from a prepared press release from the Ocean Township Police Department on June 4, 2014.
The Monmouth County Regional Health Commission #1 has received laboratory confirmation of a raccoon testing positive for rabies in Ocean Township. This is the first report of a rabid animal this year in the Township. The raccoon was extremely aggressive and was found around the Wanamassa Gardens Apartments on Allen Avenue. The Animal Control Officer noted numerous feral cats in the area, which may be at risk for contracting rabies.
It is imperative that all dogs and cats are licensed in Ocean Township. A valid rabies shot is required for licensing and ensures that all domestic pets (dogs and cats) are protected when found to be in contact with a potentially rabid animal. Please restrain or keep your pets under control at all times when outside.
Residents should not be interacting with any wildlife (including feral cats). If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at (732) 571-5665 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Please pass this information onto your children. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.