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A raccoon was spotted acting strangely during daylight hours in the 4300 block of Saunders Settlement Road in late July of 2018.

A raccoon that had fought with a dog in the Mountain Road area of the Town of Royalton has been confirmed as Niagara County’s second rabies case of 2019.

Niagara County Department of Health officials noted the dog was vaccinated.

“Pets adequately vaccinated against the rabies virus and exposed to a rabid animal will still be observed for a 45-day period and will be required to get a rabies booster within 5 days of the altercation,” Associate Supervisory Sanitarian Scott Ecker said.

Health department officials offered several reminders to residents to prevent exposure to rabies from wildlife and domestic animals:

• Do not feed, touch or adopt wild animals, stray dogs or feral cats.

• Be sure your dogs and cats are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. Vaccinated pets serve as a buffer between rabid wildlife and man. Protect them, and you may reduce your risk of exposure to rabies. Dogs and cats that receive rabies vaccine after three months of age are protected for a one-year period. Revaccinations are effective for up to three years with proof of previous vaccination. Pets too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors.

• The Niagara County Department of Health will conduct the next free rabies clinic on July 13 at the Town of Royalton Highway Garage, 5316 Royalton Center Road, Town of Royalton from 9 to 11 a.m.

Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals to the Niagara County Department of Health Environmental Division at 439-7444 or 439-7430 after hours. Further information on rabies can be obtained from the Niagara County Department of Health at 439-7444 or www.niagaracounty.com/health/Services/Environmental-Health/Rabies.