MALONE — The Franklin County Department of Public Health will hold several rabies clinics in May and June.
New York law requires that 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, there are very few cases of rabies in Franklin County, a press release said.
INDOOR CATS, TOO
Some people with indoor cats feel that they don’t need to have their pets vaccinated, but the rabies rates in New York are higher in cats than in bats at this time, the release said.
“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. Therefore, it is important to vaccinate cats for rabies even if they never go outside.”
Rabies vaccinations are also available for domesticated ferrets.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must be at least 3 months old for the vaccination. All pets at the clinics must be restrained by a leash or carrier and accompanied by an adult.
Here’s the schedule, with each free clinic set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the fire station in each town: Constable, Wednesday, May 29; Malone, Thursday, May 30; Tupper Lake, Friday, May 31; Fort Covington, Monday, June 3; Brushton, Tuesday, June 4; Saranac Lake, Wednesday, June 5; Hogansburg, Thursday, June 6; and St. Regis Falls, Friday, June 7.
Also, a clinic will take place at the old bus garage in Chateaugay on Tuesday, May 28; the Paul Smiths Town Garage from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 10; and at the Town Hall in Vermontville from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10.
RACCOONS, SKUNKS, FOX
There have been numerous reports of rabid wildlife, including raccoons, skunks and a fox, in northern Essex and southern Clinton counties over the past several months.
To report possible rabies incidences in Clinton County, call 565-4870 or go to www.clintonhealth.org.
Call the Essex County Health Department at 873-3500 to report a contact or if you have any questions. Visit www.co.essex.ny.us/PublicHealth for more information about rabies and rabies clinics offered by the department.
The Malone office of the Franklin County Public Health Department can be reached at 481-1709 and the Saranac Lake office at 891-4471.