5/26/15: Recent Rabies Clinic at Broadway Market Shatters Record

Modified: May 26, 2015 2:34pm

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5/26/15

ECDOH, Partners Vaccinate 900 Animals in 3 hours; Next Clinic Wednesday May 27 at ECC South

Broadway Market

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health, in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program, and the SPCA Serving Erie County has announced record-shattering participation in last week’s free rabies vaccination clinic held at the Broadway Market in Buffalo. During the three-hour clinic, a total of 768 dogs, 129 cats, and 3 ferrets were vaccinated for a total of 900 animals. The clinic was held on Wednesday, May 20 and marked the first time since September 2009 that this popular service returned to the Broadway Market, when 475 animals were vaccinated at a two-hour event.

“I would like to thank the Rabies, Disease & Vector Control program in the Erie County Department of Health, along with their partners, for working to provide this vital service to residents,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “The response from pet owners to these free vaccination clinics has been tremendous, with thousands of animals being protected from rabies over the years and now 900 more added to that number. I encourage any pet owner who hasn’t yet come to a clinic to do so on Wednesday and keep their pet and themselves safe.”

The next free rabies vaccination clinic will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Erie Community College (South Campus), 4041 Southwestern Boulevard, Building #7, Orchard Park. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets’ vaccination records. NYS law requires all dogs and cats in Erie County to receive a rabies vaccination.

2015 has been a banner year for the free vaccination program. In addition to the 900 animals vaccinated last week, in January 2015, an indoor-clinic record 620 animals received rabies vaccinations at a clinic held in North Buffalo. In 2014, 30 animals tested positive for rabies in Erie County, including 20 bats, 6 raccoons, 2 cats, 1 fox, and 1 skunk. In 2015 YTD, 5 bats have tested positive for rabies along with 4 raccoons and 1 fox.

 

For more information:

On the ECDOH Rabies, Disease & Vector Control program, visit

http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=vector-control-program