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Skunk tests positive for rabies in the Village of Deposit

Written By Editor on 5/15/23 | 5/15/23

A skunk tested positive for rabies in the Village of Deposit. An unvaccinated dog and one  person were exposed to the rabid skunk. The dog had to be humanely euthanized over the  exposure because it had not been vaccinated against rabies. The individual exposed to the  skunk is receiving post exposure prophylaxis.  

Heather Warner, Public Health Programs Manager states, “Keeping cats, dogs, and ferrets  current on their rabies vaccinations is an important responsibility of a pet owner, since it  can be the difference between life and death for their pet.” 

Once infected, rabies is a virus that has a 100% fatality rate when left untreated, in  mammals including humans. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets be  vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating your domestic animal not only  provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies  virus from spreading between wild animals and people. 

Public Health recommends that pet owners take advantage of any of the free remaining  rabies clinics in Delaware County for cats, dogs, and ferrets.  

Hancock- May 22, 2023, 5:30-7:30PM, Hancock Town Hall, 661 West Main St. Hancock,  NY 13783 

Arkville- June 7, 2023, 4PM-6PM Arkville Fire Hall, 43365 State Highway 28, Arkville, NY  12406 

Franklin- June 12, 2023, 5:30PM-7:30PM Franklin Fire Hall, 351 Main St., Franklin, NY  13775

Walton-July 12, 2023, 5 PM- 7 PM Walton Highway Garage, 25091 State Highway 10,  Walton, NY 13856 

Delhi- August 22, 2023, 5 PM-7 PM Delhi Fire Hall, 140 Delview Terrace Extn. Delhi, NY  13753 

Stamford-September 12, 2023, 5 PM- 7 PM Stamford Fire Hall, 111 Main St. Stamford,  NY 12167 

Deposit- October 2, 2023, 5:30PM-7:30PM DPW garage 1 Village St (200 Front St),  Deposit, NY 13754 

To report a suspected rabid animal call Delaware County Public Health Services at 607-832- 5200. For more information call 607-832-5200 or visit our website at  

www.delawarecountypublichealth.com 



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