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By: Charlotte Smith

The sun was shining and the rain subsisted just in time for Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital to host the first of the Bladen County Rabies Clinics on Saturday, March 21st. The clinics were held at five different locations. The first clinic was held in the Carvers Creek Township at Blanks’ Store in East Arcadia. The last clinic ended at 1:00 pm at the Elizabethtown Township at the Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital.

It was a great turn out according to Michellie, one of the hospital’s team members. Michelle Demers, brought her black and white companion to the clinic in Elizabethtown. Demers said, “It’s a great program. I’m so glad they have these events for the community.”

North Carolina law states, “The owner of every dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.” In Bladen County, the owners of dogs and cats, which have not been vaccinated in accordance with the state law are subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $200.

The clinics will continue monthly, and end in July. Dog and cat owners are encouraged to bring their pets out for their annual rabies shots. The cost is discounted to a cost of only $6.00 per animal. To view the schedule for the clinics click on the blue text, RABIES CLINIC 2015.