DHHS Announces Upcoming Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

Rabies Immunization Clinics Scheduled in the Towns of Cherry Creek, Ellicott, Ellington, Poland and Portland

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in Chautauqua County:

TOWN OF PORTLAND               Thursday, June 29, 2017

                                                                5 – 7 p.m.

                                                                Brocton Fire Hall,

                                                                80 Lake St.

                                                                Brocton, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mark McConnon

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Portland.

TOWN OF CHERRY CREEK      Saturday, July 15, 2017

                                                                10 a.m. to Noon

                                                                Cherry Creek Fire Department

                                                                Main Street and Southside Avenue

                                                                Cherry Creek, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Josef Powell

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Cherry Creek.

TOWN OF ELLICOTT                   Thursday, July 27, 2017

                                                                5 – 7 p.m.

                                                                Town of Ellicott Highway Garage

                                                                East Avenue and East Mosher Street

                                                                Falconer, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mary Fales

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Ellicott.


TOWN OF ELLINGTON              Thursday, August 24, 2017

                                                                5 – 7 p.m.

                                                                Town of Ellington Highway Garage

                                                                Route 62

                                                                Ellington, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mary Fales

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Ellington.

TOWN OF POLAND                      Saturday, September 9, 2017

                                                                1 – 3 p.m.

                                                                Town of Poland Highway Building

                                                                533 Grubb Hill Rd.

                                                                Kennedy, NY

                                                                Vet: Dr. Mary Fales

                                                                Sponsored by the Town of Poland.

Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.

New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated.

Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from a bite, scratch, scrape or open cut. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.

For more information about the clinics and rabies in general, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/243/Environmental-Health or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.

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