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Rabies Clinic Gives Pet Owners Peace of Mind

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Just this past week two raccoons in different areas of Chatham County have tested positive for rabies. The recent results sent pet owners flocking to animal control to get their furry friends a shot Saturday.

According to the Coastal Health District there have been three rabies positive raccoons this year compared to a total of four last year.

Pet owner Nicole Jaynes had her cat get the rabies shot since her feline stays outside a lot.

"We have seen some raccoons in our area. I've never seen any get real close to her but just in case I definitely want to have the shot," said Jaynes.

Many pet owners exchanged six dollars for a shot for a year's worth of comfort.

"I love my baby and I'm not going to take any chance, she's my little girl," said Destie Priester.

Animal Control Officer, Christina Sutherin, said if your pet comes in contact with an animal that has rabies and doesn't have the shot you could run into emotional distress and additional costs.

"There is actually a six month quarantine process which is at the owners expense which gets very, very costly and then of course the animal runs the risk of contracting the rabies virus and dying from that," said Sutherin.

Sutherin said nowadays it's easier for pets and humans to become exposed to the virus.

"As we expand and as we grow we become more in contact with the wildlife that's just native here and people that feed the wildlife, the raccoons, they lose their fear of domestic pets and people so the contact risk is greater the more we interact with these animals," said Sutherin.

Jaynes said it's easier to go ahead and get the shot than thinking about the consequences. 

"I would be so heartbroken it would be the worst thing ever," said Jaynes.

The next Savannah-Chatham animal control rabies clinic will take place in April. Shots are $6 and the clinic also offers micro chipping for $20.

The animal control office is located on Sallie Mood Drive, behind the Humane Society.                                                    

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