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May 31, 2011

Oswego County Health Department Will Hold Rabies Clinics June 8 and July 13

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department will hold rabies clinics in West Monroe, and Pulaski during June and July.

Clinics will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the West Monroe Town Garage, 46 county Route 11, West Monroe; and Wednesday, July 13 at the County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road, Pulaski. Additional clinics will be announced when the schedule is finalized.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter. In order for cats and dogs to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet's last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away. Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department. To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department's answering service at 341-0086.

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