Officials Urge Owners To Get Rabies Shots For Pets

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St. Lawrence County Public Health officials say the number of unvaccinated barn or feral cats is a concern now that the first case of raccoon rabies has been confirmed in Canton.

A dead raccoon tested positive for the deadly disease last week.

With hikers itching to get out on the trails, people doing yard work and camping season right around the corner, Interim Public Health Director Lorraine Kourofsky is warning residents to stay away from animals acting strangely.

She also recommends making sure rabies vaccinations of pets are current.

While the county had 29 positive rabies cases in 2013, Kourofsky says it is difficult to predict how many cases may occur this year.

Kourofsky says she is grateful to State Senator Patty Ritchie (R. - 48th District) for securing $25,000 in the state budget to help pay for a series of free rabies clinics throughout St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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