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Free rabies vaccination clinics set for local towns

March 24, 2016
Westfield Republican

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in the towns of Chautauqua, Westfield and Portland:



Thursday, April 28

6 8 p.m.

Town of Chautauqua Highway Garage

Patterson St., Mayville

Vet: Dr. Tim Rice

Sponsored by the Town of Chautauqua



Saturday, May 14, 2016

11 a.m. 2 p.m.

Town of Westfield Highway Building

119 Chestnut St., Westfield, NY

Vet: Dr. Katie Ball

Sponsored by the Town of Westfield and Northern Chautauqua



Thursday, June 30

4:30 7 p.m.

Brocton Fire Hall

80 Lake St., Brocton

Vet: Dr. Mark McConnon

Sponsored by the Town of Portland

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 or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.



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