The Dutchess County Department of Health is sponsoring a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets. The clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Milan Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan, NY 12571. The clinic is free to Dutchess County residents ($10.00 per pet for non-residents). All dogs must be on a leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers.
In order to receive a rabies vaccination certificate that is good for three years, you will need to provide proof of previous rabies vaccination for your pet(s); without proof, a vaccination certificate that is good for 1 year will be given. If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact Dutchess County Health Department at 845-486-3404.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Infected mammals can transmit rabies virus to humans and other mammals. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear. Fortunately, only a few human cases are reported each year in the United States.
For more details visit the NYS Department of Health site.