Free rabies clinic in Ogden Park

Posted by Laura Sinacori - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Animal Control and UNCW teamed up Saturday to offer a free rabies clinic at Ogden Park.

Pet owners brought their dogs, cats, and even ferrets to get free rabies shots. The clinic is one of several that have been offered this year. Animal control officers have confirmed 12 cases of rabies in New Hanover County since February.  Officials say they have seen an increase in the number of people coming to their free clinics.

"We see more and more people coming out to these clinics," said Dr. Jean McNeil of New Hanover County animal services. "These are probably people that wouldn't go to a regular veterinarian to get their animals done. A few have come through and they've been here for other rabies clinics we've had, so we know that the word is out and they are paying attention and making sure that they are getting their pets done."

Animal control officers say if your animal is up to date on it's shots and is bitten by a wild animal you should get it a booster shot within 72 hours of exposure.

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