Utica, NY (WIBX) - Are your family pets up to date on their rabies vaccinations?

Officials at the Oneida County Health Department announced its first case of animal rabies in the area.

Rabies Treatment and Prevention Coordinator Bobbi Jo Girven said the rabid raccoon attacked a small dog in the Clinton area.

Girven goes on to say, "the small dog survived the attack, but was not up-to-date on its rabies immunizations and will, as a result, have to be euthanized."

Parents and pet owners are strongly cautioned against leaving their pets and kids unattended outdoors, and should keep an eye out for stray animals exhibiting erratic or aggressive behavior.

All dogs, cats, and ferrets are required to be vaccinated under State Health Laws.

Dogs and cats require two vaccinations one year apart, with a booster every three years, while ferrets need one vaccination each year.

Oneida County Health Department's next sponsored clinic in its series will be held at Rome City Hall on Thursday, July 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

All animals require a leash or a pet carrier, and are asked for a $10 donation to help defray costs.

For more information on rabies, or for a complete schedule of upcoming clinics, contact the Oneida County Health Department at 798-5064, or visit www.ocgov.net.