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Norfolk town councilwoman vying for rabies clinic


NORFOLK - It has been quite a while since the town of Norfolk has held a rabies clinic but after talking with community members Councilwoman Jean Gang has decided to pursue the possibility.

The town board elected to allow Ms. Gang to look further at the opportunity and for the total expenses of the clinic not to exceed $300.

A tentative time frame for the event is set to be in mid-April.

“I’ve had several individuals ask me about why we don’t have a rabies clinic in Norfolk and I got a hold of Catherine Field (St. Lawrence County Public Health) who is in charge of the rabies clinics and all of the information about conducting the clinic. I’d like to see if anybody else was interested in a clinic,” Ms. Gang said. “Also, we will ask for donations and that’s to defray the costs of the clinic. I know it would be beneficial to the community. I mean some of these clinic are off in Colton and Lisbon and Parishville and Waddington - wouldn’t it be nice to have something here? We certainly have a lot of dogs that need to be taken care of.”

Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice was hesitant to the idea at first, questioning the costs that might be required for such a clinic.

“The reason I haven’t gone anywhere with this (in the past) is a) there was a cost involved and b) I’ve approached the dog officer more than once and somebody’s got to be the lead guy and he’s never shown interest. Without knowing what the cost would be, I don’t know how we can move forward,” Mr. Pernice said.

“I did talk with (Ms. Field) and she said it would probably be a minimum of a couple hundred dollars. That’s for the vet and possibly an aide to help them,” Ms. Gang responded. “Then we would have to have some individuals that would help with the paperwork and hopefully we can get some volunteers for that. I’d like to pursue it. I’ve pretty much done all of the research other than getting a hold of a vet. That’s probably right around $200.”

Ms. Gang added that the serums for the rabies clinic would be provided by the county free of charge.

Councilman Donald I. Purvis was in favor of Ms. Gang’s efforts. “I support it. (A rabies clinic) hasn’t been in Norfolk for quite some time,” he said. “We have until the next meeting to make a final decision. I’m in support of it.”

Ms. Gang told the board that before next month’s meeting she will set up the date for the clinic and find a veterinarian to conduct the event.

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