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     The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health will host a free rabies vaccination clinic for pets on Saturday, September 9th in Amenia. In partnership with the Dutchess County SPCA, this clinic will offer Dutchess County residents the opportunity to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets three months of age and older. Proof of residency is required.  Non-residents will be charged $10 for each pet vaccinated.

    “Our pet rabies vaccination clinics offer Dutchess County pet owners a great opportunity to have their dogs, cats, and ferrets vaccinated giving them 

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     protection should they encounter a rabid animal,” said DBCH Commissioner A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH.  “I am especially pleased to have the Dutchess County SPCA assist us with administering these vaccines and the Town of Amenia for providing its facility.”

     All dogs must be on leash, and cats and domestic ferrets must be in carriers. Vaccinations will be good for three years for pets with proper proof of a prior immunization. For those without proof, the vaccination will be good for one year.

​     In New York State, rabies shots are required for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of four months. On a regular schedule to keep the animal 



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properly immunized against the rabies virus. Owners can be fined up to $200 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date.
      If a pet is not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination and fights with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal, the pet must be promptly destroyed or placed in quarantine for six months to protect other animals and people in case the pet develops rabies. These mandates are not required for a vaccinated pet in the same situation. In such cases, only a booster dose of rabies vaccine would be given within five days to treat the pet.
     The free clinic will be held at the Amenia Town Hall, 4988 State Highway 22,  on September 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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