Any pet owner can obtained a low-cost rabies vaccination for his animal during the series of rabies prevention clinics scheduled in Scott County starting Monday, May 9.
Dogs and cats can be taken to any of the following clinics and be immunized against the fatal disease for a cost of $11 per animal. Clinics planned will operate starting at 7:30 p.m. at the designated sites. Those include:
•Monday, May 9: Hardy Lake shelter house overlooking the beach.
•Tuesday, May 10: Bethel Baptist Church, 3816 West Leota Road, Leota.
•Wednesday, May 11: Behind Austin Upper Elementary School at covered walkway near the Rigel Gym, U.S. Highway 31 South, Austin.
•Thursday, May 12: Lexington Volunteer Fire Department, 8060 East Main Street (State Road 356).
•Tuesday, May 17: Scott County Animal Shelter at the corner of North Fourth and Montgomery Streets, Scottsburg.
•Wednesday, May 18: Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, 375 S.R. 356, Vienna.
All dogs and cats three months or older which are immunized will receive a tag and certificate of vaccination.
The clinics are being sponsored by the Scott County Health Department with the cooperation of the Sheriff's Department, City of Scottsburg and City of Austin.
By vaccinating their pets, owners are observing the 1961 legislative act making it unlawful to harbor a dog or cat which is not immunized against rabies.
This law also requires pet owners to keep their dogs and cats confined or under their direct control. The law further makes it punishable by fine for anyone to willfully abandon any dog or cat on a public highway or on the property of others.
Dogs and cats found running at large in Scott County may be picked up and taken to the Animal Shelter in Scottsburg at any time as directed in Scott County Ordinance 1955-5.