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May 16, 2014

Free rabies clinic planned in Erie County

Tonawanda News — Erie County will hold two free rabies clinics in the month of May, with vaccinations available for dogs, cats and ferrets. 

County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that in 2013, 35 animals tested positive for rabies in Erie County, including 17 bats, nine raccoons, seven skunks and two foxes. 

This year, eight animals have tested positive for rabies thus far, including three bats, four raccoons and one skunk. Incidents of rabies typically rise as the weather gets warmer, so vaccination is recommended for all animals that may come into contact with wildlife and for any pets that go outside, Poloncarz said, also noting that pet owners should remain particularly vigilant. 

"These clinics are one of our most popular services as, at every clinic, hundreds of pet owners take advantage of this free service to protect their pets and their families from rabies," he said. "In fact, in 2013 over 4,460 animals were vaccinated countywide through this service. Pet owners should also remember that the law requires all dogs and cats in Erie County to get vaccinated against rabies." 

The upcoming clinics will be conducted by the Erie County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the SPCA Serving Erie County and the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program. 

The clinics will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Post #1041, 533 Amherst St., in Buffalo and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 28 at Erie Community College's South Campus, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Building #7 in Orchard Park.  

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