Police are advising Brick residents to stay alert after a raccoon recently tested positive for rabies.
The Jersey Shore Animal Center picked up a raccoon suspected of carrying rabies on Redwood Drive in the Birchwood Park section of Brick on Nov. 15, Brick Township Police Department Sgt. Henry J. Drew said in a release.
The raccoon tested positive for rabies and was euthanized, according to the release.
“Due to the fact that there are several documented and undocumented feral cat colonies in the area, area residents are advised to monitor their own household pets and small children when they are outdoors as it is unknown if any of the cats, or other area wildlife, may have been infected,” Drew said.
Area residents that observe animals that are acting unusual are asked to contact the Brick Township Police Department at (732) 262-1100 or the Jersey Shore Animal Center at (732) 920-1600.
Rabid animals display the following symptoms:
Are fully or partially paralyzed.
Experience a loss of appetite.
Exhibit strange behaviors, such as snapping at the air or turning in circles.
Are nocturnal animals who wander during the day or diurnal animals that start going out at night.
Are wild animals that show no fear of humans.
Exhibit symptoms of pica (eating substances that aren’t food, such as rocks, dirt or wood).
Have sporadic changes in mood or behavior.
Appear to be restless or aggressive.
Are obviously disoriented.
Acquire a change in voice (you may notice a change in the pitch and tone of your dog’s bark, for example).
For further information, visit the Center for Disease Control website.