Last year in Jackson County, 36 pets — 24 dogs and 12 cats — had to be killed for lack of a $7 rabies shot.
Those were pets exposed to rabid animals, pets who, for the most part, would have been saved had their owners followed Georgia law that requires all dogs and cats age three months or older to be vaccinated against rabies.
Rabies is always fatal if not treated, and its presence appears to be increasing, according to data from health departments in Jackson, Madison and Banks counties. That’s why veterinarians in each of those counties hit the road annually for rabies vaccination clinics.
Jackson County’s 18 clinics are set for May 4-7 in 15 locations spread over the county. Banks County’s clinics will be held Saturday, May 7, in seven locations.
For the full story, see the April 27 issue of The Jackson Herald.