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Erie County offers two free rabies clinics

The Erie County health department has scheduled two that will provide free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets.

The first is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Broadway Market, and another one will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 27 at the Erie Community College South Campus Building, 4041 Southwestern Blvd. Orchard Park. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said that in the past three years, more than 15,000 animals across the county have been vaccinated through the service.

“Pet owners should also remember that the law requires all dogs and cats in Erie County to get vaccinated against rabies,” he said.

The clinics are conducted by the health department’s Rabies, Disease & Vector Control program, in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program, and the SPCA Serving Erie County.

In January 2015, an indoor-clinic record of 620 animals received rabies vaccinations at a free clinic held in North Buffalo. Last year, 30 animals tested positive for rabies in Erie County, including 20 bats, six raccoons, two cats, a fox, and one skunk. So far this year, three bats have tested positive for rabies, along with two raccoons and a fox.