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May 22, 2007

Rabies clinics scheduled in Franklin County

MALONE -- The Franklin County Public Health Services has scheduled rabies clinics throughout the county for May and June.

The law requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated for rabies every one to three years. As a result of this law and people getting their pets vaccinated, very few cases of rabies exist in Franklin County.

Some people who have indoor cats feel that they don't need to vaccinate their pet, but the number of rabies cases for cats is higher, according to Public Health. A cat is more likely to come in contact with a rabid bat or raccoon than a dog, even if the cat is an indoor cat.

It is important to vaccinate your cat for rabies even if they never go outside, Public Health said in a news release.

Rabies vaccinations are also available to domesticated ferrets.

All dogs, cats and ferrets must be at least three months old, accompanied by an adult and restrained by a leash or carrier.

This year's free rabies clinics for Franklin County are from 6 to 8 p.m. at these sites: Chateaugay, Tuesday, May 29, old Bus Garage; Constable, Wednesday, May 30, Fire Station; Malone, Thursday, May 31, Fire Station; Saranac Lake, Friday, June 1, Fire Station; Fort Covington, Monday, June 4, School Garage; St. Regis Falls, Tuesday, June 5, Fire Station; Tupper Lake, Wednesday, June 6, Fire Station; Hogansburg, Thursday, June 7, Fire Station.

Clinics will also be held on Friday, June 8, at Paul Smiths, Town Garage, 5 to 6 p.m. and at the Vermontville, Town Hall, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and in Brushton on Monday, June 11, at the Fire Station from 6 to 8 p.m.

Call 483-9378 for further information.

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