Environmental Health staff respond to complaints regarding animal bites, rabid animals and other potential public health concerns. This office provides information and education on rabies prevention as well as the enforcement of state and local rabies code requirements. In addition, clinics for the vaccination of dogs, cats and ferrets against rabies are held annually.
Animals that have potentially exposed a person to rabies through bite or other means must be evaluated to determine whether they may have been transmitting rabies at the time of the incident. If someone is bitten by a domestic cat, dog or by a wild or stray animal, wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water and contact your health care provider and local health department immediately. Under New York State public health law domesticated animals may be observed for 10 days following an exposure incident to determine whether they were possibly shedding rabies virus at the time of the incident. If the animal is wild or stray an attempt should be made to capture it safely without further exposure. If captured it can be tested for rabies virus.
Avoid handling bats. If you find a bat in your house and can capture it safely, contact your local health department for assistance. They will tell you how to submit the bat for rabies testing and assess your need for preventive treatment. A video on how to catch a bat safely may be viewed online at the New York State Department of Health website.
Public Health Law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets be actively vaccinated for rabies. The Wyoming County Health Department sponsors five rabies vaccinations free to residents of Wyoming County starting in March and going through October at various locations throughout the county.
- Vaccinations are available free of charge to Wyoming County Residents, however, voluntary donations are accepted to help defray clinic costs.
- All animals must be at least 3 months of age.
- All animals must be accompanied by someone able to control them and be properly restrained.
- Proof of prior vaccination is required to qualify for a 3-year certificate.
- Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.
- Out of county residents will be charged $10.00 per animal
For more information on rabies please visit the NYS Department of Health's website.