The Charles County Commissioners announced yesterday that more than 200 animals were vaccinated against rabies at a free clinic held June 22. The vaccinations were conducted by the Charles County Department of Emergency Services Animal Control Division at the Bel Alton Volunteer Fire Department.
"We were especially pleased that many owners who have outside pets, which are more likely to come in contact with rabid wildlife, took advantage of the clinic to protect their animals against this fatal disease," said Animal Control Chief C. Edward Tucker.
As part of its hurricane mitigation program, the Animal Control Division distributed pamphlets, flyers, and booklets for pet owners on disaster preparedness for pets/livestock, rabies, as well as information about services provided by the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville. In addition, the Humane Society of Charles County was on site to sell dog licenses.
Participants also received a copy of the current edition of Charles County's Citizen Guide to Emergency Preparedness. The guide is available by calling the Charles County Government Public Information Office at 301-638-2402. It may also be downloaded from the County Government web site at http://www.charlescounty.org/es/citizensguide.pdf.
For more information about services provided by the Animal Control Division, please call 301-609-3425. For more information about the Tri-County Animal Shelter or to find out how to become a volunteer, call 301-932-1713 or 1-800-903-1992.