A raccoon has tested positive for rabies in the Town of Annsville. The raccoon was sent to the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center for testing on Monday, June 10, where positive results were reported today.
The raccoon was killed by a pet dog, and no humans were exposed to it, officials said, adding that the incident highlights the critical need to get pets up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
For the safety of pets and the convenience of county residents, the Oneida County Health Department offers Rabies Vaccinations Clinics throughout the year in various community locations.
The County has already held two vaccination clinics this year, and the remaining schedule runs through September. Residents can pre-register for any of the clinics by calling 315 798-5064.
The schedule is as follows:
• July 1 — Annsville Highway Garage, 5-6:30 p.m.
July 25 — Rome Kennedy Arena, 500 W. Embargo St., 6-7:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 — Vienna Highway Garage, 5-6:30 p.m.; and
Sept. 10 — Back to Basics Dog Obedience 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. A $10 donation is requested to help with costs.
For more information on rabies prevention, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 315 798-5064 or log onto its web site at ocgov.net/oneida/health.