SC DHEC teaming up with vets to protect pets and owners from rabies

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The Department of Health and Environment Control is teaming up with veterinarians across the state to help pets and their owners stay rabies free.

On March 6th, South Carolina DHEC reported a rabid stray cat tested positive for rabies in Aiken County. One person was treated from exposure to the cat in the Montmorenci area. It was the first animal this year to be tested positive for rabies in Aiken County.

Several clinics and veterinarians in our area are participating in the vaccination program.

"More than 19,000 pets were vaccinated against rabies during the clinics last year," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

"Participating veterinarians will be conducting rabies clinics to vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against this fatal disease," says Craig. "Vaccination fess in these clinics will not exceed $10 per pet."

When visiting the clinics dogs must be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier.

For dates and times, contact local clinics that participating in the program. You can find all of the information by clicking on this link .

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