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 ELLINGTON--Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Town of Ellington Highway Garage, Route 62, Ellington, NY. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Mary Fales and this clinic is sponsored by the Town of Ellington.
- TOWN OF POLAND-- Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Town of Poland Highway Building, 533 Grubb Hill Rd., Kennedy, NY. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Mary Fales and this clinic is sponsored by the Town of Poland.
- TOWN OF GERRY--Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Town of Gerry Highway Garage, Route 60 (across from the cemetery), Gerry, NY. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Katie Ball and this clinic is sponsored by the Town of Gerry.
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 clinics and rabies in general, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/243/Environmental-Health or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.