Cat in Erie County tests positive for rabies

NEWSTEAD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A cat in Newstead tested positive for rabies, making it the first documented incident of cat rabies in Erie County since 2008.

The Erie County Department of Health says children found the ill cat by the side of Cedar Road, and it was taken to the Erie County SPCA where it died. Testing indicated the cat had rabies.

The cat is the 10th rabid animal in the county this year. In 2013, there were 35 animals with rabies in Erie County.

Should you suspect an animal is rabid, get yourself, family members and your pets to a safe location. Contact the ECDOH’s Division of Environmental Health at 716-961-6800.

Here are the dates for free rabies clinics in September:

• Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Erie Community College-North Campus, 6205 Main Street, Noonan Center – Maintenance Garage, Amherst

• Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Springville Fire Company, 405 W. Main St., Springville

• Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
West Seneca Highway Garage, 39 South Ave. (off Union near NYS 400), West Seneca

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