MOUNT VERNON — Though Labor Day weekend is a time for leisure activities, many Knox County pet owners took time Saturday to take their cats and dogs to the Knox County Health Department for rabies vaccinations. In the first 90 minutes, 77 pets had been vaccinated and/or microchipped. By day’s end, a total of 115 pets had been vaccinated and 20 animals were microchipped.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system in human and animals and can be fatal. It can only be confirmed by laboratory testing.
In early August, a Danville family made the decision to euthanize its dog because it had developed rabies after being bitten by a bat. This was the first case of rabies in Knox County in seven years.
Kim Pepper said that case did not influence her decision to take her dogs to the clinic on Saturday.
Her labradoodle, Jazz, received a one-year shot, but her dog Snoop has been getting his rabies vaccine from the clinic for many years and he was due so she brought them both in.
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