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May dates for Erie County rabies vaccination clinics

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Mon, May 18th 2015 01:40 pm

Broadway Market, ECC South Campus to host popular free clinics for dogs, cats, ferrets

The Erie County Department of Health reminds pet owners two May clinics have been scheduled for free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. On Wednesday, May 20, from 4-7 p.m., a clinic will be held at the Broadway Market in Buffalo. On Wednesday, May 27, from 4-7 p.m., a clinic will be held at Erie Community College (South Campus) Building No. 7, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

"These clinics are one of our most popular services as, at every clinic, hundreds of pet owners take advantage of this free service to protect their pets and their families from rabies. In fact, in the past three years, over 15,000 animals were vaccinated countywide through this service," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "Pet owners should also remember that the law requires all dogs and cats in Erie County to get vaccinated against rabies.

"I would like to thank the rabies, disease and vector control program in the Erie County Department of Health, along with their partners, for working to provide this vital service to residents."

The clinics are conducted by the Erie County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College veterinary technology program and the SPCA Serving Erie County. It provides free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets.

In January, an indoor-clinic-record 620 animals received rabies vaccinations at a free clinic held in North Buffalo.

In 2014, 30 animals tested positive for rabies in Erie County, including 20 bats, six raccoons, two cats, one fox and one skunk. Thus far in 2015, three bats have tested positive for rabies along with two raccoons and one fox.

For more information on the ECDOH rabies, disease and vector control program, visit http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=vector-control-program.

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