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Posted on: May 25, 2017

DHHS Announces Upcoming 2017 Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in Chautauqua County:

TOWN OF PORTLAND                   Thursday, June 29, 2017

                                                                5 – 7 p.m.

                                                                Brocton Fire Hall

                                                                80 Lake St.

                                                                Brocton, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mark McConnon

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Portland.

TOWN OF ELLICOTT                      Thursday, July 27, 2017

                                                                5 – 7 p.m.

                                                                Town of Ellicott Highway Garage

                                                                East Avenue and East Mosher Street

                                                                Falconer, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mary Fales

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Ellicott.

TOWN OF POLAND                         Saturday, September 9, 2017

                                                                1 – 3 p.m.

                                                                Town of Poland Highway Building

                                                                533 Grubb Hill Rd.

                                                                Kennedy, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mary Fales

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Poland.

Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.

New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated.

Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from a bite, scratch, scrape or open cut. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.

For more information about the clinic and rabies in general, visit or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.


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