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Rabid raccoon confirmed in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN – A raccoon that fought with a dog March 10 on Lockport Street in Youngstown has been confirmed rabid, the Niagara County Health Department announced Friday.

The dog’s owner killed the raccoon, which was “behaving oddly,” Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said. “The dog was only required to get a rabies booster shot, as its rabies vaccinations were current.”

This is the second confirmed finding of a rabid raccoon in Niagara County this year; the first was killed by two dogs on 74th Street in Niagara Falls on Feb. 4. On that occasion, the owner of the dogs had one of them, which was unvaccinated, euthanized rather than pay for a six-month precautionary confinement in a kennel. The man also needed a rabies shot after being bitten by the raccoon while trying to break up the fight.

The Health Department offers free rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. This year’s clinics, all from 9 to 11 a.m., are set for April 9 in the Town of Porter highway garage; June 11 at the Hyde Park Oasis in Niagara Falls; July 16 in the Royalton highway garage; Sept. 17 in the Town of Lockport highway garage; and Dec. 3 at the North Tonawanda Public Works Department.