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Rabies clinic this weekend

POSTED: April 10, 2013 4:00 a.m.

While cases are on the decline, rabies is still a threat to both man and animal. To help fight this threat, the county's annual rabies clinic, sponsored by 4-H, will be held Saturday morning.

Veterinarians will offer the low-cost vaccinations at various locations throughout the county beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Rabies shots are $10 and other yearly vaccinations are available during the clinic.

"Because of strict vaccination laws, rabies outbreaks have become much less prevalent since vaccination programs began in the 1940s," said Dawson County Extension Agent Clark MacAllister. "However, this does not mean that rabies is no longer a threat in our community.

"Last year here in Dawson County we had a confirmed case of a rabies-infected cow. We need to remain vigilant about preventing the spread of rabies in our area."

Dr. Steve Landreth will offer vaccinations from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Burt's Pumpkin Farm and 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Dawson County Middle School.

Dr. Ed Holton will be at Kilough Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m.

As in past years, they will also be using the "drive-by-shooting" method for vaccinations. Just pull into the parking lot and fill out your paperwork at the registration desk.

After registration you may return to your vehicle and drive to the vaccination area, where your pets will receive their shots in your car.

All proceeds from the Rabies Clinic will help fund camp scholarships and activities for the Dawson County 4-H Club.

For more information, call the extension office at (706) 265-2442.

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