Dr. Gale Burstein

Conducted by County Department of Health, Clinics Address Serious Public Health Concern

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli (District 3) announced upcoming rabies clinics to be held in the month of September. The clinics, conducted by the County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA Serving Erie County, provide free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets.

“This vital and popular service saw a record response earlier this year, as hundreds of pets were vaccinated at springtime clinics,”said Poloncarz. “I encourage pet owners around the County to take advantage of this program by bringing their pet to the clinic, either on a leash or in a carrier, and if possible to bring along the animal’s vaccination record as well.”

“Following this very warm summer, there is an increased chance of contact between wildlife, humans, and their pets,”added Burstein. “These vaccinations are a good, no-cost way to minimize any problems that may arise from this contact. Any exposure to a wild animal, or bites from a dog or cat, should be reported immediately to the Health Department at 858-7690.”

“I applaud the efforts of the Health Department, the SPCA, and the Niagara Frontier Veterinary society for working together to keep our community safe from rabies,” Legislator Lynn Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) said. “These clinics are a great way to fight rabies disease, and previous clinics have had a record-setting seasonal attendance. I urge everyone to bring their dog, cat, or ferret in for a vaccination.”

 Clinic Dates and Locations for Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets:

  • · Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:00 – 7:00pm SPCA, Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda
  • · Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:00 – 7:00pm Clarence Highway Garage, 6185 Goodrich Rd., Clarence
  • · Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:00 – 7:00pm West Seneca Highway Garage, 39 South Ave., West Seneca (off Union near NY 400)