Pet in Upper Township euthanized after rabid raccoon attack

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SEAVILLE – The first case of rabies in Upper Township since 2001 was discovered and a pet had to be euthanized after a rabid raccoon attacked.

Shore Animal Control officers, along with Mayor Richard Palombo and Committeeman Edward Barr, who oversees animal control operations for the township and serves on the Cape May County animal shelter advisory board, have scheduled a press conference for Monday, April 2 to address concerns and safety precautions for residents and their pets.
The press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Shore Veterinarians, 73 Hope Corson Road in Seaville.
The township just held its 2012 Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic last Saturday at Shore Veterinarians.
Officials said the turnout for the clinics have been the largest in years, with 195 dogs being vaccinated and 48 cats. Dog license compliance has been increased significantly this year because of the success of these clinics, according to a press release from Shore Animal Control.
Officers from Shore Animal Control who work in conjunction with Shore Veterinarians were there to help with the clinic. For all the residents with pets who have not licensed yet, late fees will apply. The township will be conducting a dog census during the coming year so residents are urged to go to the township to avoid penalties and additional late fees.
All dogs in the township are required to be licensed and they must have a current rabies vaccination to receive the license. Licenses issued on or after March 1 are considered late and will have a $6 late fee charged. Every month thereafter will be an increase of $1 plus the license fee.
Proof of rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license. Residents will have to visit their local veterinarian for the vaccinations if they are out of date. Proof of spay and neuter is required in writing in order to receive the reduced spay and neuter license fee.
The March clinic was the last free clinic of the year.

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