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Rabies vaccines given out in Ocean City, New Jersey

Many New Jersey residents may have pets in their homes. From dogs to cats to more exotic varieties of animals, pet owners have a responsibility for their animals' behavior. One of the first things someone bitten by an animal is seek medical attention. An animal bite can have long-term medical implications if left untreated. From diseases like rabies to bad infections, the important thing to do is to get help right away after a bite.

The city of Ocean Park hosted free rabies vaccinations at a clinic for all of the dogs and cats in the city. Rabies is commonly passed on through contact with an infected animal, usually by being bitten. New Jersey's Department of Health said they had 315 reported cases of rabies in 2013. Vaccinated animals can survive a bite from another infected animal. Those without vaccinations have a zero percent chance of survival if infected.

A bite may have long-term effects people have not considered. A rabies vaccination can go a long way towards both protecting a pet and the community. An infected animal can cause havoc in a neighborhood. An owner can be held liable for a serious injury committed by their pet. Medical costs can be quite high when receiving ongoing support.

Owners have a responsibility to people around them to have their animals properly cared for. This could involve a rabies shot if the animal is in frequent contact with humans. Proper knowledge of the last developments in New Jersey law is a key part of determining whether an owner demonstrates negligence with their animal. If a New Jersey resident is bitten, they may be able to recover the costs of medical expenses, property damage and lost wages.

Source: Press of Atlantic City.com, "Ocean City gives free rabies vaccines," Michael Miller, Jan. 25, 2014

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