Low cost rabies vaccinations protect pets and their owners

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The Jonesboro Animal Control hosted a low cost rabies clinic Saturday.

Pet-owners only had to pay $10 for the shot to protect their pets, thus protecting themselves.

Sgt. Larry Rogers is the supervisor of Jonesboro Animal Control and said the department wanted to make sure all animals are vaccinated in case an owner gets bitten.

He said while surrounding counties have had problems with rabies in the past, Craighead County has not, but Rogers said they will continue to be proactive.

Sgt. Rogers says, "We enjoy protecting both the animals and the citizens here and assisting them when they are in need. So there are times when we do have to do the enforcement, but there are other aspects of our job that we do, and we take it very seriously."

The clinics they usually get about 100 to 160 animals. Rogers also said the changing weather is another reason the department wants to make sure all pets are vaccinated. Spring weather usually brings out some of the main rabies carriers like skunks, raccoons, and coyotes.

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