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Health department to hold annual rabies clinic May 3

Lexington pet-owners seeking a low-cost rabies vaccination will have their chance at a special clinic next month.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Third Street Fire Station, 219 E. Third St. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes.

Rabies, a viral disease of humans, pets and wild animals, is transmitted from animals to humans by the saliva of a rabid animal, usually from a bite.

“Our annual clinic is a great way for Lexington pet-owners to get a low-cost rabies vaccination for their pets,” said Luke Mathis, Environmental Health team leader and one of the event’s organizers. “Anyone who doesn’t have a regular veterinarian, or anyone who wants to save money on a rabies vaccination, should come out for the low-cost shot.”

Rabies vaccinations typically cost about $20.

State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination, and every health department in the state must hold a public clinic at least once a year. The health department gave 442 rabies shots during the May 2011 clinic. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 842 animal bite reports last year, with LFCHD staff making sure each animal was up to date on all rabies vaccination shots.

The clinic also provides pet owners with the opportunity to purchase an animal license, which costs $8 if the animal has been spayed or neutered. A license costs $40 if the animal has not been fixed or the owner has no proof of alteration. The Lexington Humane Society and the Lexington-Fayette County Animal Care & Control are also sponsoring the clinic.

For more information on the annual Rabies Clinic, call the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Division of Environmental Health at (859) 231-9791.

For additional information, find the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/LFCHD.

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