Atlantic County’s first confirmed case of rabies this year was a rabid skunk found near a residence in Egg Harbor Township, the county announced Thursday.

The homeowner recently found the skunk because a dog she was pet sitting killed it in the backyard on Betsy Scull Road, according to county spokeswoman Linda Gilmore.

The dog was current with its rabies vaccination but was given a rabies booster and will be monitored for 45 days.

Atlantic County reported eight positive rabies cases last year, four of which were raccoons, two bats and two cats.

Residents who find wild or stray animals should leave them alone and contact the county animal control division.

“Thankfully, this dog was current with its rabies vaccination,” said Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County public health officer. “It is extremely important to vaccinate your pets to protect them as well as to provide a barrier to human exposure.”

For more information about rabies control and precautions see the county Web site at or call 609-645-5971.

Anjalee Khemlani