Canine captures rabid bat in neighborhood of Ridge Highway and Inexperienced Ridge Lane

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A resident’s dog caught a bat near Ridge Road and Green Ridge Lane that later tested positive for rabies.

The bat was retrieved from South Brunswick Animal Control and transported to the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory.

The State Laboratory reported May 19 that the bat tested positive for rabies, according to the South Brunswick Police Department.

This is the third rabid animal to be reported in Middlesex County in 2021 and the first to be reported in South Brunswick.

The South Brunswick Health Department continues to monitor cases of rabies within the community. Residents should report any wildlife showing signs of abnormal behavior to the South Brunswick Police Department at 732-329-4646.

In addition, residents are advised to avoid contact with wildlife and to report bites from wild or domestic animals to their local health department immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Finally, make sure all pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations and licenses.

For more information, contact the South Brunswick Health Department at 732-329-4000, ext. 7237 or South Brunswick Animal Control at 732-329-4000, ext. 7265.