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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Pleasantville Feral Cat Confirmed Positive for Rabies

A feral cat that appeared ill and was taken in by a homeowner in the 100 block of Bayview Avenue in Pleasantville, has been confirmed for rabies, the third case of the viral disease in Atlantic County this year.

The cat was collected from the home by an animal control officer on March 8 and sent to the state lab for testing where it was found positive for rabies on March 14.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health found five other cats in the home that may have been exposed in addition to the homeowner who sustained a bite. The cats have been placed under an informal confinement period and the homeowner is receiving post exposure rabies treatment.

Rabies can be fatal if left untreated. It can be transmitted through direct contact with saliva through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth. Most human cases of rabies are the result of a bite from an infected animal. If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. All bites should be reported to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.

If you see wildlife that is behaving strangely, especially nocturnal animals such as skunks and raccoons found during daylight hours, do not approach the animal. Instead, call your local Animal Control Officer. Contact information is available on the county web site at:

Residents should ensure trash cans have secure lids to prevent wildlife from foraging for food and not leave pet food outside. Many animals are also attracted to bird seed.

Public health officials advise residents to teach children to stay away from wild, stray or aggressive animals. Never feed or touch wild animals or try to keep them as pets.

A rabies vaccination is recommended for domestic animals to not only protect the pet but also the pet owner and family members who could contract rabies from an infected pet.

The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides free rabies vaccination clinics for both dogs and cats by appointment only. The next clinic will be held on Sunday, April 7, 9 am – 12 noon at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville. Visit more information.

For more information about rabies control and precautions to protect your family and your pets, please visit the county web site at or call (609) 645-5971.



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