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June 30, 2004

Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinic in Scriba July 21

SCRIBA-- The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic Wednesday, July 21, at the county highway garage on State Route 104 from 6 to 8 p.m. New York State public health law requires that all dogs, cats, and pet ferrets have their first rabies vaccine no later than four months of age and have a second vaccination within one year of the first. A booster shot is typically required every three years after or according to the frequency stated on the animal's vaccination certificate.

"Animals can be exposed to rabies even if they are kept indoors. There have been many instances where indoor pets have come in contact with a bat that got into the house," said Evan Walsh, associate public health sanitarian for the Oswego County Health Department. "The best way to protect your pet and your family from rabies is to have your dogs, cats or ferrets vaccinated."

The health department requests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics. Owners should bring their pet's last rabies certificate to the clinic. Additional clinics will be held later this summer:

  • Aug. 11: Bristol Hill solid waste facility, State Route 3, Volney.
  • Sept. 15: County highway garage, County Route 2A, Pulaski; and
  • Nov. 3: County highway garage, Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.

Anytime a person or pet comes in contact with a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be reported to the county health department as soon as possible. A bite or scratch on the skin should be washed immediately with soap and water.

For more information, call the health department, weekdays at 349-3564 or 800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.

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