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Rabies clinic being held in Ayden


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The discovery of rabies in a stray cat in Ayden has prompted Pitt County Animals Services to host a low-cost vaccination clinic in that town on Tuesday.

The clinic is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ayden Fire Department, 4112 S. West Ave. The cost is $5. The clinic is open to all Pitt County residents and their dogs and cats, said Michele Whaley, Pitt County Animal Services director. The shot is a one-year vaccination. 

“We’re doing it in case citizens want to get their pets vaccinated,” Whaley said. “It seemed like the right thing to do since we did have a positive (discovery). That way anybody whose pet is not up-to-date, they have an opportunity to get them up to date.”

A cat bit and scratched two people in the area of Fairmont Village, located on Old N.C. 11 near Juanita Avenue on Nov. 6, officials report. Ayden police, who manage the town’s animal control services, weren’t able to capture it and deliver it to Pitt County Animal Services on Nov. 17. 

Animal Services was notified Monday that the animal had tested positive for rabies. The people who were attacked sought medical treatment and received preventive treatment, Whaley said.

Pets must be 4 months or older to receive a rabies vaccine, Whaley said. They also must be leashed or confined in a carrier. A certified rabies vaccinator with animal services will get the shots.

State law requires counties to hold one low-cost clinic each year. Pitt County held its clinic on Aug. 19 at the animal shelter located on County Home Road. Slightly more than 50 pets were vaccinated, a lower than average number, Whaley said.

“I think we do better when we go out in the community instead of at the shelter,” Whaley said.

Individuals with questions about the clinic can call 252-902-1725 for more information.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570. Follow her on Twitter @GingerLGDR.