September 18, 2017
OSWEGO COUNTY - Three unvaccinated dogs were exposed to rabies in Oswego County in separate incidents over the past week, the Oswego County Health Department reported today.
In Richland, two unvaccinated dogs were exposed to rabies during an encounter with a raccoon. A third dog was exposed in the Town of Albion through a rabid skunk. Another rabid skunk was confirmed in City of Oswego but there were no known exposures to rabies from the skunk.
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets that are exposed to rabies must be placed in quarantine for six months or be euthanized.
"Under New York State law, any dog over four months of age is required to be licensed in the local municipality. To obtain the license, the dog must be up-to-date with its rabies vaccine," said Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director. "Recently, a 5-year-old dog was euthanized after being attacked by a rabid wild animal. The county health department offers rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets at locations around Oswego County. The last rabies clinic of this year will be Nov. 1 at the county highway garage in Scriba. We encourage county residents to take the advantage of this clinic."
The rabies clinic will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
Any time a person or pet comes in physical 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.
The health department's staff is available around-the-clock to respond to incidents involving possible rabies exposure by calling 315-349-3564 on weekdays, or by calling the department's answering service at 315-341-0086 evenings, weekends and holidays.
People can help prevent the spread of rabies by following these reminders:
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