More than 200 pets vaccinated at rabies clinic

From Staff Reports

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More than 200 animals participated in a rabies clinic that offered discounted shots to pet owners.

Rocky Mount Animal Control Supervisor Willie Boykin said 231 dogs and cats were brought in May 10 for $5 rabies vaccines during the three-hour clinic that had to be extended due to popularity.

“Rabies shots are required by state law and can protect pets and citizens if the animal comes in contact with a rabid animal,” Boykin said. “If they are up-to-date on their vaccine, the pet just has to get a booster shot and they should be fine.”

Without a current vaccine, exposed animals are either put down or quarantined for six months. Boykin said the next rabies clinic likely will be held in the fall.