LOCKPORT – A raccoon found on High Street near Beattie Avenue in the City of Lockport tested positive for rabies, the Niagara County Health Department said Thursday.
Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the disease, making this the second case of rabies in the county this year. The first was a raccoon killed in a fight with two dogs on Stone Road in Hartland in early April.
The Health Department said in a statement that wild animals, including stray dogs or feral cats, should not be touched, fed or adopted because of the risk of rabies. It also offers free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and domestic ferrets.
The next one is from 2 to 4 p.m. June 14 at the Hyde Park Oasis in Niagara Falls. Others are set for July 12 at the Town of Wilson highway garage and Sept. 20 in the Town of Lockport highway garage. They are open to all Niagara County residents.