The Otsego County Department of Health has announced that on Friday, October 11, a bat in Oneonta tested positive for rabies.  Two people and an unvaccinated cat were exposed, with the individuals undergoing a series of rabies shots and the cat is under quarantine for six months.

Pet owners should keep in mind that under New York State law, all domesticated dogs, cats and ferrets need to be up-to-date with rabies vaccinations. The Otsego County Department of Health offers free vaccination clinics. For the full schedule, click here.

If you encounter a bat inside your home, health officials have a "how to" video on safely capturing it.  Visit to get more information and view the video.

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