Health department to hold annual rabies clinic May 5

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An upcoming clinic will give Lexington pet owners a shot at a low-cost rabies shot.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Douglass Park, 726 Georgetown St. Vaccinations will cost just $3. All cats must be in a carrier, and all dogs must be on leashes. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic date is subject to change. The health department will provide updated information at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org and on its Twitter account, twitter.com/LFCHD.

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.

State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets maintain a current rabies vaccination. The health department gave 424 rabies shots during the May 2015 clinic. The LFCHD Rabies Control Program received 766 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 for $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. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, the Lexington Humane Society and the Lexington-Fayette County Division of Parks and Recreation Department 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.

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