Rabid raccoon killed in Kirkland; rabies clinics announced

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A raccoon tested positive for rabies in Kirkland after it was killed by a pet dog on Monday, but no humans were exposed, the Oneida County Health Department announced.

The Health Department received the results from the state lab on Tuesday.

The Health Department has scheduled the following rabies vaccination clinics:

June 6 at Boonville Fairgrounds, 6-7:30 p.m.

July 1 at the Annsville highway garage, 5-6:30 p.m.

July 25 at Rome Kennedy Arena, 6-7:30 p.m.

August 5 at the Vienna highway garage, 5-6:30 p.m.

September 10 at Back to Basics in Forestport, 6-7:30 p.m.

Health Department officials offer the following vaccination recommendations:

All cats, dogs, and ferrets three months or older must have a current rabies vaccination, even if they stay indoors. Dogs and cats need to be vaccinated at three months old, one year, and then once every three years. Ferrets must be vaccinated every year.

At the county’s vaccination clinics, dogs need to be on a leash, and cats need to be in a carrier or laundry basket. No exams will be given. Residents can pre-register for any of the clinics by calling 315-798-5064. A $10 donation is requested to help with costs. For information on rabies prevention, contact the Health Department at 315-798-5064 or visit www.ocgov.net

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