According to county health officials a raccoon captured in Absecon has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found last week near the railroad tracks on Ohio Avenue and New Road.It was the sixth confirmed case of rabies according to The Atlantic County Division of Public Health.

Here are some tips to keep your pets and your family safe:

 Make sure your dog or cat’s rabies vaccination is current. The Atlantic County Animal Shelter holds a free clinic each month at 240 Old  Turnpike Road, Pleasantville.  For more information you can call call (609) 485-2345 or visitt www.aclink.org/animalshelter.

Keep your pet on a leash. They could come in contact with rabid wildlife.

Teach your kids to stay away from stray animals.

Never feed or touch any wild animal including bats, raccoons, foxes, or groundhogs. These animals should not be kept as pets.

if you are bitten by an animal be sure to wash the wound right away with soap and water, seek medical attention and report the bite to the Atlantic County Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5971.