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2018-09-12 / Local News

Free rabies clinic to be held at ECC North

Erie County Legislator Edward Rath is encouraging pet owners to attend the county’s upcoming free rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets.

A clinic is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Erie Community College North Campus, Noonan Center Maintenance Garage, at 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

The event is 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.

“Pet owners whose pets are due for their vaccination should plan to attend one of the upcoming free rabies clinics,” Rath said. “By vaccinating their pets, residents not only protect their dog or cat, they also take an important step in protecting the entire community.”

According to Rath’s office, 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.

Additional clinics are scheduled on the following dates:

4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, 405 W. Main St., Springville.

4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, near Union Road, Cheektowaga.

In mid-August, the Erie County Health Department announced that in collaboration with the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center, the state Department of Health and the USDA/ APHIS Wildlife Services, the ECDOH was participating in a wildlife baiting rabies vaccination initiative.

This included a large airdrop of baits in rural, suburban and urban areas.

The program is designed to focus on halting the spread of rabies in wildlife, particularly in raccoons, and an estimated 406,800 rabies vaccine baits were distributed in both Erie and Niagara counties, Rath’s office said.

Residents interested in learning more about rabies clinics or the recent baiting program should visit www.erie.gov/health.

For additional information, contact Rath at 858-8676 or e-mail Edward.rath@ erie.gov.

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