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Rabies vaccination levels in Lexington where they should be

Julia Johnson

A staff member at Fayette Animal Control and Care says no noticeable dip in rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats has occurred during coronavirus. Sargent Aaron Evans said state law requires cats and dogs over four months be vaccinated. She noted Lexington area veterinarian sales of licenses, which include a rabies vaccination requirement, have not declined.

“It’s still been the same consistent amount of city license sales that we’ve seen in prior years. In turn, tells me that individuals are still taking their pets to the clinics to get their rabies vaccine,” said Evans.

Evans said animal control doesn’t receive calls from residents about suspected rabid behavior of dogs or cats. She noted her office does take calls about potentially rabid wildlife.

“We get a lot of calls for…it’s gonna be your skunks, raccoons, and fox populations. Actually, this year has been….we’ve received a lot of wildlife calls with people giving those symptoms of potential rabies,” said Evans.

Any animal bite requires quick medical attention. Once a rabies infection is established, there’s no effective treatment.

A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held from six to nine p.m. this evening at the Tates Creek Aquatic Center off Gainesway Drive. It’s sponsored by the Fayette County Health Department.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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