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Rabies clinics end with record-setting year

BUFFALO — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that the six Erie County rabies clinics saw record-setting attendance, this year. The total of 5,680 animals vaccinated at the clinics is the highest number for any one year, in the past 10 years.

That number was bolstered by the largest one-day turnout on record, with 1,369 animals vaccinated on Sept. 19, the final clinic date of the year.

“These numbers are another indication of how vital this program is and how much it is appreciated by residents,” Poloncarz said. “The two best-attended clinics in history both happened this year, with 1,300 vaccinations on May 30 and 1,369 vaccinations on Sept. 19; the other four clinics this year were also very well-attended.

“I applaud the great work done by the Erie County Health Department and their clinic partners, whose professionalism, efficiency and ability to perform under pressure resulted in positive outcomes for thousands of pets and their owners.”

The six clinics this year were conducted by the county department of health, in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA serving Erie County.

They provided free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. Clinics were held in Buffalo, Springville, Tonawanda, Clarence and West Seneca.

Clinic results by date and location were as follows:

– Jan. 31, North Buffalo Community Center; 505 animals vaccinated.

– May 22, Springville Fire Company; 698 animals vaccinated.

– May 30, American Legion Post No. 1041 in Buffalo; 1,300 animals vaccinated.

– Sept. 5, SPCA on Ensminger Road, Tonawanda; 1,175 animals vaccinated.

– Sept. 12, Clarence Highway Garage; 633 animals vaccinated.

– Sept.19, West Seneca Highway Garage; 1,369 animals vaccinated.

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