Ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics an­nounced

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS - — Julio Mo­rales, jmorales@iv­pres­son­line.com

The Im­pe­rial County Pub­lic Health De­part­ment’s An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fice has an­nounced that its low-cost ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics will take place start­ing this Satur­day in Holtville and else­where through­out the county through Feb. 25.

Al­though ra­bies among do­mes­tic an­i­mals in Im­pe­rial County is rare, the area is high-risk due to the pres­ence of ra­bies among wild bats and skunks, the ICPHD re­ported.

The ra­bies vac­cine pro­tects dogs and cats from the ra­bies virus, and re­vac­ci­na­tion is rec­om­mended as soon as pos­si­ble for pets that may come in con­tact with a wild skunk or bat.

In Im­pe­rial County, it is manda­tory that all dogs over four months of age be vac­ci­nated against ra­bies and li­censed each year.

The An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fice has been con­duct­ing ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics lo­cally for over 47 years, with more than 2,000 dogs vac­ci­nated and li­censed at lo­cal clin­ics last year, an ICPHD press re­lease stated.

This Satur­day’s clinic will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Verde School in Holtville, lo­cated at Bonds Cor­ner and Verde School roads.

The fee for the ra­bies vac­cine for dogs and cats is $8. County dog li­censes will also be pro­vided for a fee of $10 for male, $5 for a neutered male, $10 for a fe­male and $5 for a spayed fe­male.

Clin­ics will be held in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions of the county in­clud­ing Desert Shores, Sal­ton City, Ni­land, Ocotillo, Palo Verde and Win­ter­haven. No ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary to at­tend the clin­ics.

To down­load the sched­ule, please visit the county Pub­lic Health De­part­ment’s web­site at www.icphd.org

The ra­bies vac­cine and county li­censes are also avail­able from lo­cal vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

In­di­vid­u­als look­ing for the county li­censes only can visit Im­pe­rial County An­i­mal Con­trol lo­cated at 1329 S. Sper­ber Road, El Cen­tro from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and 8 a.m. to noon on Satur­days.

For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion about the ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics, please con­tact Im­pe­rial County An­i­mal Con­trol at 442265-2655, or email beat­ri­cepala­cio@co.im­pe­rial.ca.us

To pro­tect their pets from ra­bies, own­ers are en­cour­aged to visit their vet­eri­nar­ian with their pet on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and keep ra­bies vac­ci­na­tions upto-date for all cats and dogs; pet own­ers should main­tain con­trol of their pets by keep­ing cats in­doors and dogs un­der di­rect su­per­vi­sion; pets should be spayed or neutered to help re­duce the over­pop­u­la­tion of un­wanted an­i­mals; the pub­lic can con­tact their lo­cal An­i­mal Con­trol to re­port any stray and wild an­i­mals from their neigh­bor­hood as these an­i­mals may be un­vac­ci­nated or ill.

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