MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- 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:
• Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Poland Highway Barn, 533 Grubb Hill Rd. in Kennedy, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Poland and Dr. Mary Fales will be the attending veterinarian.
• Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town of Westfield Highway Building, 118 Chestnut St. in Westfield, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Westfield and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue. Dr. Katie Ball will be the attending veterinarian.
• Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Brocton Fire Hall, 80 Lake St. in Brocton, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Portland and Dr. Mark McConnon will be the attending veterinarian.
• Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Town of Ellicott Highway Garage on East Mosher Street in Falconer, N.Y. This clinic is sponsored by the Town of Ellicott and Dr. Mary Fales will be the attending veterinarian.
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 http://www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/262/Rabies-Prevention or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.