Hundreds of dogs now vaccinated against rabies

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Claire Hosmann - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County has seen a large number of rabies cases over the last several weeks.

To help stop the spread of the disease, pet owners had a free opportunity to vaccinate their pets Saturday.

"If your pet comes in contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal, and it's currently vaccinated, the only thing you have to do is get a booster vaccine in 72 hours," said local vet Dr. Fobert Weedon. "If they aren't vaccinated then law mandates it be euthanized."

In the current economic times, it's hard for many to pay their vet bills. That's why several of the pet owners who waited in line believe the wait was well worth it.

"You figure it costs thirty-five dollars to walk in the vets office and that doesn't count the shots," said pet owner Delores Noland. "And we brought eight animals, so yes, the vaccine is more than worth it."

New Hanover County Animal Services has announced two more upcoming free rabies vaccine clinics.

One will be taking place in May, the next in July.

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