The feline was found near Frontage Road and Old York Road near the intersection of Route 202/31 in Ringoes/East Amwell Township and tested positive for rabies on Wednesday, Sept. 28, according to the Hunterdon County Dept. of Health.
The cat was a friendly female black and brown tabby that had had a litter about four weeks ago, officials said.
The department urges anyone who may have come into contact with the animal between Friday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 23 to see their primary care physician or the Hunterdon Medical Center Emergency Room to determine whether there is a need for prophylaxis treatment.
Officials also remind residents to never pick up stray animals, as saliva from a rabid animal is considered infectious.
Those interested in attending a free rabies clinic can view the list of scheduled clinics on the Hunterdon County Health Department website.
For more information, call the Hunterdon County Health Services line at 908-788-1351. The East Amwell Township Animal Control Officer, Carolyn Murphy, can be reached at 609-915-9013.
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