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Free Rabies Clinic

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Local pet owners took steps on Saturday to protect their four legged friends in Washington County.

On Thursday, the State Department of Agriculture and Markets warned local pet and livestock owners the veterinary tests conducted by veterinarian Ronald Peters since November 1st are invalid.

So on Saturday, owners who had animals tested by Peters were encouraged to bring their pet by today for a free rabies clinic in Granville.

"We've had quite a turnout," Marion Jessen, Supervisor Nurse with Washington County Public Health Department, "I think we're probably going to be over 100 animals today,"

For the free rabies clinic, an event put on every year by the Washington County Public Health Department, this year there was an extra push after a local vet lost his license.

Dr. Ronald Peters had his license suspended last November for practicing invalid veterinary tests.

"As a precaution we are offering repeat booster vaccinations for those animals he vaccinated, because the paper work needs to have the signature of a licensed vet on it," Jessen said.

But Saturday's clinic was also open to anyone.

It's an effort to stop the spread of rabies, which is a potentially fatal disease. So far the County's efforts have been very helpful, and organizers of the event would like to see things stay the same.

"We've been very fortunate not having any dogs positive for rabies and we want to keep it that way," said dog patrol officer Raymond Boyea, "It's kind of like our concern for public health of children, that if a certain amount of children are not inoculated for certain diseases, that if an outbreak should occur, you would end up with an epidemic,"

Additional free rabies clinics will be held every month through the summer and fall.

If you would like to where and when, you can contact the Washington County Public Health Department.

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