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Rabies clinic offered in Buffalo Wednesday

A free rabies clinic will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road (near Colvin Boulevard) in Buffalo. Rabies shots will be available for dogs, cats and ferrets. Residents are requested to bring their pets to the clinic either on leash or in carriers, and if possible, to bring along the animals’ vaccination records.

“Our free rabies clinics are a great way for Erie County to help protect families and their pets from rabies” said Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “I strongly encourage pet owners around the County to take advantage of this valuable public health initiative. Rabies is a vaccine preventable disease, but has a nearly 100% fatality rate.”

Erie County health officials have identified three animals – two raccoons and one bat – with rabies this month, a reminder that risk of exposure to rabid wild animals continues through colder months.