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Health Department will hold Rabies Clinic June 3 in West Monroe

WEST MONROE – The Oswego County Health Department will hold a rabies clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. June 3 at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage, 46 County Route 11.

New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age.

A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated, and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

Rabies clinics will be held at these locations around Oswego County during the summer and fall months:

West Monroe: June 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 46 County Route 11. (There may be a highway detour in place at the time of the clinic. Please plan accordingly. Call the health department at 349-3564 for more information.)

Williamstown: July 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department, State Route 13. (Note change in location.)

Volney: Aug. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill, State Route 3.

Granby: Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, County Route 8. (New location.)

Pulaski: Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

Scriba: Nov. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

The health department suggests a $7 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.

In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.