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Saddle River NJ Police
Friday May 27th, 2022 :: 05:36 p.m. EDT


Rabid Wildlife Alert in Saddle River! - A Sick fox that attacked a residents dog has tested positive for Rabies.

Rabid Wildlife Alert!

Yesterday patrol units were dispatched to a neighborhood off of Chestnut Ridge Rd for a report of a sick fox in the yard.   Upon arrival, patrol found the animal to be visibly sick and witnessed it attack a resident's dog.  Patrol was able to capture the fox and surrender it to TYCO Animal Control for testing.  This afternoon we were advised that the Fox has tested positive for rabies.  

This is a reminder to all residents to check their pet’s 
vaccination and health records and make sure they are current. Rabies vaccination of dogs and cats offers a very high level of protection against the virus.

Dogs and cats who receive an initial rabies vaccination are not considered immunized until 28 days after the vaccine has been administered, therefore it is strongly recommended that any animal newly vaccinated or those too young to receive the vaccine (less than three months) not be left outdoors unattended. 

Protecting your pets by keeping them current on their rabies vaccine is an important buffer between wildlife rabies and human exposure, not only does the vaccine keep your pet safe, but it can help keep you and your family safe as well. 

In addition to vaccinating your pets for rabies, there are several things residents can do to protect themselves and their pets: 
• Avoid wildlife and animals you do not know. 
• Keep your pet on a leash. Do not allow your pet to roam; it can come in contact with rabid wildlife. 
• Never feed or touch wild or stray animals, especially stray cats, bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes or groundhogs. 
• Teach your children that they should tell you if they were bitten or scratched by an animal. 
• Call your doctor and the local health department if bitten or exposed to saliva or blood of a wild or stray animal. 
• Contact your veterinarian if your pet was exposed to a bat, raccoon, skunk or other wild carnivore. 

If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical attention. 

According to the CDC, rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the CDC each year from New Jersey occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks and bats. 

CDC explains that the rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similar to that of many other illnesses, including fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort. As the disease progresses, more specific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slight or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, hypersalivation (increase in saliva), difficulty swallowing and hydrophobia (fear of water). Death usually occurs within days of the onset of these symptoms.

According to the CDC, the presence of rabies in animals may be indicated by unprovoked aggression, impaired movement, paralysis, lack of coordination, unusually friendly behavior and/or disorientation.

Stay safe, Remember The Fallen. 
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Report Sick wildlife - Observe wildlife from a distance - Never feed wild animals - Report wildlife attacks immediately to 201-327-5300

Saddle River NJ Police
83 E Allendale Rd
Saddle River, NJ 07458

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-327-5300

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Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
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