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Welcome to the Animal Alley site for information about laws related to pets and people, links to information about caring for pets, and information about wildlife. This information is collected by the Hillsborough Health Department in cooperation with other local departments, the New Jersey Department of Health, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Please read through our post, and if you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Department at 908-369-5652.  Hillsborough’s contracted Animal Control Professionals are from St. Hubert’s Giralda. Their website is www.sthuberts.org; 908-526-3330. Also, Call the Hillsborough Police for emergencies- 911- or non-emergencies at 908-369-4323.

ON THIS PAGE

Where to Call with Animal Questions
Rabies Information
Dog Licensing
Links to Helpful Pet Health Pages

WHERE TO CALL:

 Animal Cruelty
  St. Hubert’s Giralda to send a certified animal cruelty investigator 908-526-3330
  ASPCA 24 hour hotline   800-582-5759
  NJ Department of Agriculture for cruelty to horses or other farm animals 609-671-6400
 
 Wildlife behaving unusually
Hillsborough Police   908-369-4323
  St. Hubert Giralda   908-526-3330
 Attack of a person or pet by a possibly rabid animal
Hillsborough Police   908-369-4323
  St. Hubert Giralda   908-526-3330
  Health Department   908-369-5562
  Your Physician or Veterinarian  
 Stray cats and dogs or dogs running loose
St. Hubert Giralda   908-526-3330

 

ANIMALS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: RABIES IS PRESENT IN WILDLIFE IN NEW JERSEY

What is Rabies? 

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that is found in the saliva and central nervous system fluid (CNSF) of an infected animal and can be passed on to humans or another animal.

How is Rabies spread?

The virus is passed when the saliva or CNSF of the infected animal gets into another animal or human usually via a bite. Sometimes, it is possible to get rabies from an animal through a scratch or open cut or mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth) contact with infected saliva, which is called a NON-BITE EXPOSURE. Mammals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, groundhogs, bats, can carry rabies, but any mammal can get rabies. RABIES IS PRESENT IN THE WILDLIFE POPULATION IN NEW JERSEY, so we must be vigilant about keeping rabies vaccinations for our pets current, staying away from wildlife and stray dogs and cats, reporting bites immediately to the police, your

Is Rabies present in New Jersey?

RABIES IS PRESENT IN THE WILDLIFE POPULATION IN NEW JERSEY, so we must be vigilant about keeping rabies vaccinations for our pets current, staying away from wildlife and stray dogs and cats, reporting bites immediately to the police, your physician and the health department, and discouraging wildlife from taking up residence on your property.

Vaccinate to keep your pet protected.

The first rabies vaccination given to a cat or dog is not effective for 30 days. Make sure to keep your pet away from situations which may expose it to rabies. The second rabies vaccination is usually good for 3 years- except for a specific one-year vaccination given to cats in certain situations. Check with your veterinarian about the expiration date of your pet’s vaccination.

How can I tell if an animal is rabid?

RABID ANIMALS CAN BEHAVE AGGRESSIVELY OR PASSIVELY. SOMETIMES THEY MAY APPEAR UNUSUALLY FRIENDLY, OR MAY STUMBLE AND HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING, THEY MAY MAKE STRANGE NOISES. UNUSUAL BEHAVIOR COULD MEAN RABIES. Call the Police or St. Hubert’s if you see a sick animal.

What should I do if my pet encounters a rabid animal?

If a wild animal or suspect rabid animal fights with your pet or attacks a person, please call the Police at 908-369-4323 or 911. IMMEDIATELY WASH AN OPEN WOUND ON A PERSON. WATCH THE ANIMAL FROM A SAFE POSITION UNTIL POLICE ARRIVE. THE ANIMAL WILL NEED TO BE TESTED FOR RABIES. FOLLOW UP WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND/OR YOUR VETERINARIAN.

If your pet is in contact with a wild animal, do not touch your pet without gloves for about 4 hours after this contact. Once the saliva dries, the virus is not alive. Until then, fresh Saliva can possibly get into open cuts on your hands and you will be directed to talk to your physician about possible treatment for a non-bite exposure.

Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a possibly rabid animal may need a booster rabies vaccination that can be given by your veterinarian within 2 days of exposure. Contact your veterinarian immediately. There may be a period of observation for your pet after the contact and the booster vaccination.

Not Currently Vaccinated pets exposed to a rabid or possibly rabid animal may need to be observed for a period of 45 days, 90 days, or 6 months, or euthanized depending upon the situation. The local health department, using the NJ Department of Health algorithm, will determine the confinement period: njvma.org/wp-content/uplaods/2015/02/Update-Management-of-Domestic-Animal-Rabies-Exposures-Appx_III_Animal_

What is the treatment for human exposure to Rabies?

RABIES TREATMENT FOR HUMAN EXPOSURE: Treatment must begin before symptoms begin . All bites and non-bite exposures to humans must be evaluated immediately by the health department and your physician. Emergency rooms have the post-exposure treatment injections. Once symptoms begin, treatment will not be effective. The injections are not in the stomach and they are usually spread out over about a month. It is usually 4 injections plus immune globulin injections. The Physician will follow the NJ Department of Health Postexposure Guidelines at nj.gov/health/cd/documents/postexp_rabies_Guide.pdf. RABIES PREVENTION: Make sure your pets are CURRENTLY vaccinated against rabies- even indoor pets. A dog license ensures that you don’t forget to keep your dog’s rabies shot current.

IF BITTEN BY A DOG OR CAT, GET THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER OF THE OWNER, A DESCRIPTION OF THE ANIMAL, OR THE OWNER’S LICENSE PLANTE NUMBER- EVEN IF IT IS AN ANIMAL YOU KNOW.  CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND/OR POLICE DEPARTMENT.ANY BITING DOMESTIC ANIMAL MUST BE OBSERVED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, EVEN IF IT IS CURRENTLY VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES.

The local health departments in our area are sharing information about rabies vaccination clinics in order to encourage residents to have their pets protected against the rabies virus. Rabies is present in wildlife in New Jersey- Mostly in raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, and groundhogs. It is transmitted through the saliva and central nervous system fluid of infected animals, and is fatal. The best defense against rabies is a current rabies vaccination for domestic pets. Bridgewater Township is now offering vaccination clinics for dogs and cats, and the clinics are open to all New Jersey Residents:

Saturday- May 14
Bradley Gardens Firehouse
24 Old York Road
Dogs only from 9AM to 10AM
Cats only from 10AM to 11AM
TuesdayMay 17
Martinsville Firehouse
Mt. Horeb and Washington Valley Road
Dogs only 6PM to 7PM
Cats only 7PM to 8PM
TuesdayMay 24
Finderne Firehouse
672 East Main Street
Dogs only 6 PM to 7PM
Cats only 7PM to 8PM
Saturday, May 28
Bridgewater Municipal Complex
100 Commons Way
Dogs only 9AM to 10AM
Cats only 10AM to 11AM

In order to attend the clinics, please be sure that all dogs are securely leashed and accompanied by an adult. All cats must be leashed or contained in a secure box or carrier. Current rabies vaccination may help speed the process.

DOG LICENSE INFORMATION:

The annual dog license is required according to NJ law, as well as Hillsborough Township Ordinance.

Besides the legal requirement of annual dog licensing, there are other reasons to license your dog:

  1. Licensing reminds you to update your dog’s rabies vaccination. Rabies is deadly. This is very important because if your dog is exposed to any rabid or possibly rabid animal, and vaccinations are not current, there may be very serious consequences such as euthanasia, long-term strict quarantines or long-term observations for signs of rabies, depending upon the situation. The risk is then passed to humans when pets can get rabies.
  2. Lost dogs may get a free ride home from animal control or a concerned neighbor when there is a license tag on your dog.
  3. Lost licensed dogs may be approached by a concerned citizen if they know that you are a responsible dog owner. A current license shows your concern and the fact that the rabies vaccination is current.
  4. If your dog should be involved in a bite to a human, or a fight with another pet, the license information can be readily given to the victim to reassure them immediately that your dog has had a current rabies vaccination. This information can also be readily provided to the police if they should be called to the scene.
  5. All of the money collected from licensing goes to spay neuter clinics, rescue shelters, and local animal control.

***Renew your Dog License(s) by clicking  here***

***If your dog has not previously been licensed in Hillsborough, please download an application for a NEW Dog License(s) by clicking  here***

Remember that according to NJ Department of Health regulations, in order to get a license, your dog must have a Current Rabies Vaccination that lasts through at least 10 months of the licensing year. So for 2016, your dog’s rabies vaccine must be current until 10-31-16, or your dog will need a booster rabies vaccination. A booster given a little earlier than necessary will not hurt your dog- please check with your vet if you have any questions.

Responsible pet owners should be aware of dog related laws:

  1. nj.gov/health/animalwelfare – For information on animal laws, cruelty, shelter requirements, responsibilities when dog bites occur.
  2. animallaw.info/statute/nj-dogs-consolidated-dog-laws- For information on laws involving dogs, including liability of the dog owner, potentially dangerous dog laws. Scroll to Ch.19 Dogs, Taxation, and Liability For Injuries… for information about liability, vicious dogs, dangerous dogs.
  3. Hillsborough Township Ordinances regarding animals can be viewed on the web page: hillsborough-nj.org and clicking on eGov, and then scrolling to Township Ordinances Online. After clicking on that, go to the search box and type in “animals” for some ordinances, and “dogs” for others. The list is as follows:

Chapter 117: Article 1, “Animals Running At Large”, Article 2, “Dog Control”, Article 111, “Licensing of Dogs;Dog Warden”,

Chapter 300 Animals: covers Board of Health powers, Animal control authority, Vaccination of Cats, Pet Waste.

Chapter 315: Covers Rabies and Kennel and Pet Shop Licensing

Chapter 224: Covers Animal Frightening

Chapter 221-7: Covers Domestic animals in parks

Chapter 183: Covers Hunting and Wildlife Management.

2015-11 Covers Rules in Hillsborough Township Leash Free Dog Area

Links to Pet Health

St Hubert’s Giralda: for information on pet training and care, rescue work, and wildlife

Humane Society of America: for information about taking care of your dog or cat, as well as wildlife issues

Veterinary Medical Foundation: for information about pet diseases and prevention, dog bite prevention

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife:  for wildlife information from bears to coyotes.  Click on “wildlife” to find information about various wildlife in our area.

Reptiles and Amphibians in New Jersey:  click on “online field guide”, you will find pictures of many common snakes of New Jersey.

DOG BITE PREVENTION WEEK IS MAY 15- 21. READ ABOUT WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT BEING BITTEN AND HOW TO PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM BITING!

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