Old Bridge Dog Bitten By Rabid Skunk In Backyard

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OLD BRIDGE, NJ – A resident’s dog in Old Bridge attacked and killed a skunk in their back yard last Saturday.

It was in a back yard near Vail Drive and Hunter Court, the county health department said.

The dead skunk was picked up by Animal Control and taken to the New Jersey Department of Health’s laboratory for testing. On Tuesday it was reported that the skunk tested positive for rabies.

The resident’s dog is currently vaccinated against rabies and has been instructed to see their vet.

The resident was instructed to see a doctor to discuss rabies treatment after exposure.

This is the seventh rabid animal reported in Middlesex County in 2021 and the first rabid animal in Old Bridge. Local residents should report any wildlife showing signs of unusual behavior to the police. Keep pets and children away from wildlife.

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Contact this patch reporter: Carly.baldwin@patch.com