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Three rabies clinics set for September

The Erie County Health Department has scheduled three free rabies clinics for September.

The time for all three rabies clinics is from 4 to 7 p.m. The first will be held Wednesday in the Town of Tonawanda Garage, 450 Woodward Ave. A second clinic will be held on Sept. 16 in the Noonan Center Maintenance Garage at Erie Community College, 6205 Main St., Williamsville. The third is set for Sept. 23 in the Erie County Fire Training Academy, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

The majority of rabid animals in Erie County are wildlife, but pets can be at risk if they are not vaccinated and come into contact with an animal that is infected, said Peter Tripi, senior sanitarian with the county health department.

State law requires rabies shots for all cats, dogs and domesticated ferrets no later than four months after the date of the animal’s birth.

“Rabies remains a very serious disease as it is nearly always fatal once symptoms are evident,” added Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale R. Burstein.