Rabies Clinics Are Important Service

Among the most valuable services available to local residents is the annual series of rabies clinics provided by the Ohio County dog warden and local veterinarians.

For many years, the clinics have been held at sites throughout Ohio County each summer. They make it convenient and economical for pet owners to keep their dogs and cats protected against rabies.

That may be especially important this year, with reports of a higher-than- normal number of wild raccoons with rabies.

Clinics are scheduled July 1 at Madison Elementary School, July 2 at Ritchie Elementary School, July 3 at Warwood Elementary School, July 7 at the City-County Building in Wheeling, July 8 at Woodsdale Elementary School, July 9 at West Liberty Elementary School, July 10 at the Valley Grove Community Center and July 11 at Bridge Street Middle School. Rabies vaccinations can be obtained from 5-7 p.m. each day.

The cost is just $8 per animal. Dogs taken to the clinics must be on leashes, while cats should be leashed or in crates.

The clinics are made possible in part by the cooperation of several veterinarians. This year, they include Drs. Pamela Harrold, Michael Rubin, Debby Shondrick and Karl Yurko.

If your pet has not been vaccinated against rabies, we encourage you to contact your veterinarian or take advantage of the Ohio County clinics. A few minutes of your time and $8 is a small price to pay for protection against a disease that can kill your dog or cat.