CHARLTON: Rabies cases up this spring

"If you see raccoons out at day, stay away," said Butler. "Call the animal shelter, the sheriff or the animal control officer in town."

The animal shelter offers free monthly rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. Larger farm animals such as cows and even llamas also need to be vaccinated, Butler said, and owners should contact their vet about this.

"Any mammal can contract rabies," said Butler.

Butler said the local rabies epidemic began in Clifton Park in 1992. In '92, there were 35 cases; by 1993, that number had leaped to 135 cases.

"When it's not in the media, people forget," said Butler. "Rabies is here, and it's here to stay."

If you have questions about a suspected rabid animal, contact the Saratoga County Animal Shelter at 885-4113, or your local sheriff's department. ""

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