LOCKPORT – The Niagara County Health Department will hold five free rabies vaccination clinics again this year, Environmental Health Director James J. Devald said.

The clinics for dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets will be held April 12 at the Somerset Highway Department garage; June 14 at the Hyde Park Oasis in Niagara Falls; July 12 in the Wilson Highway Department garage; Sept. 20 in the Town of Lockport Highway Department garage; and Dec. 6 in the North Tonawanda Public Works Department garage. All clinics will run from 2 to 4 p.m.

In 2013, 3,310 animals were vaccinated at the county’s clinics. Out of 117 animals submitted for testing, there were only four confirmed rabid animals in the county last year: two bats, a skunk and a fox. The department investigated 602 animal bites and ordered 28 people to undergo rabies shots.

State law says all dogs, cats and ferrets must have a current rabies shot from four months of age and up.