Until now, terrestrial rabies hadn’t been documented in Clinton County since 1996. Back then, it was a scary situation, with more than 100 rabies cases verified in 1995 and 1996.
Health Department spokeswoman Laurie Williams said they don’t want to panic people, but they do want them to listen up. The danger is real, and the best way to prevent it is by vaccinating your animals.
It won’t even cost you anything. Free clinics are being held, starting at 6 p.m., in fire stations in Morrisonville tonight, Keeseville on Wednesday, Ellenburg Depot on Thursday and Peru, Oct. 16; Chazy, Oct, 18; and Keeseville, Oct. 23.
For information or to report a suspected rabid animal, call the Clinton County Health Department at 565-4870, Essex County at 873-3500 or Franklin County at 481-1709.
Act now to safeguard your pets and people.