The Fayette County Health Department is teaming up with the Lexington Humane Society and the city’s department of animal care and control for an annual rabies vaccination clinic. Health Department spokesman Kevin Hall says it’s a low-cost way for pet owners to make sure their animals are properly immunized and in compliance with the law. “This is just a chance for pet owners to come out and get a very low cost shot. It’s three dollars to get the pet vaccinated and normally these cost up to around twenty dollars.”
Hall says pet owners can also purchase animal licenses at the event.
“So anybody who comes out who needs to get an animal license they can get those for eight dollars if the animal has been spayed or neutered and it is forty dollars if they haven’t been.”
Hall adds that the Health Department recognizes that rabies is a serious public health issue.
"It’s transmitted from animals to humans from a bite of a rabid animal. In Lexington we see quite a few bites each year. In 2011, we had 842 reported animal bites, so it’s really important that those animals stay up to date on those vaccinations.”
Dogs must be kept on a leash, and cats and ferrets in a proper animal crate.
The event is from 6 to 9 tonight at the Third Street Fire Station.