Rabid skunk found in Minetto

MINETTO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The Oswego County Health Department is urging residents to have their pets vaccinated after a skunk in Minetto tested positive for rabies.

A dog came in contact with the skunk, but it was up-to-date on its rabies shots.

The dog was given a booster as a precaution, according to the health department.

The health department is holding several immunization clinics in the coming months to help protect pets from rabies:

- West Monroe: Wednesday, June 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 46 County Rte. 11.
- Granby: Wednesday, July 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 820 County Rte. 8.
- Volney: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill maintenance building, 3125 State Rte. 3.
- Palermo: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 1572 County Rte. 45.
- Scriba: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

To report possible exposure, call the health department weekdays at (315) 349-3564.

In an emergency during off hours, call (315) 341-0086.

The health department offers the following tips to protect pets and loved ones from exposure:

- Make sure that dogs, cats and ferrets have current rabies vaccines. The rabies vaccination is the most effective way of protecting pets and humans from rabies.
- Do not feed pets outdoors.
- Never try to feed a wild animal.
- Do not approach or touch unfamiliar animals.
- Avoid any animal with symptoms of rabies.
- Block any openings into the home that an animal may get through.
- Keep tamper-proof lids on outside garbage cans so animals are not attracted to your property.
- Teach children basic rules about protecting themselves from strange and unfamiliar animals.

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