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2017-09-07 / Local News

Rabies clinics to be offered in fall

Three free fall rabies clinics will be offered, including one in Orchard Park, according to Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo, who is encouraging pet owners to vaccinate their dogs, cats and ferrets.

Organized by the Erie County Department of Public Health, in partnership with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals serving Erie County, and Medaille Veterinary Technology, the clinics will be held on the following dates:

• From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Erie Community College South Campus Building No. 7, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

• From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at ECC North Campus, Noonan Center Maintenance Garage, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

• From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the West Seneca Highway Garage, 39 South Ave., off Union Road near Route 400, West Seneca.

“If your pet is due for a rabies vaccination, please plan to attend one of the county’s free clinics to protect them and our community. The County Health Department recommends the vaccination for both indoor and outdoor pets,” Lorigo said.

The following requirements must be met in order to receive the rabies vaccination:

• Pets must be at least 3 months old.

• Proof of previous rabies vaccination must be provided to receive a three-year certificate; otherwise a one-year certificate will be issued.

• All dogs, cats and ferrets must be restrained using a leash and/or pet carrier.

The Health Department reminds residents that if their pets have been exposed to a wild animal, or bitten by a dog or cat, to contact the department at 961-6800. Vaccinations are required according to New York State law.

For additional information, call Lorigo at 858-8922 or e-mail, joseph.lorigo@ erie.gov.

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