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Morristown hosting rabies clinic Wednesday

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MORRISTOWN — For the first time in more than a decade, animal owners in Morristown will have an opportunity to vaccinate their pets against rabies without having to leave town.

A rabies clinic will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the town barn.

“We have not done one since I’ve been here,” said Town Clerk David J. Murray, who has been serving the town since 2002. “I don’t remember when the last one was.”

Up until this year, the county Health Department sponsored clinics, held in Canton and other larger communities around the county, but because of budget constraints, rabies clinics were cut from the budget. The county still provides some support, however.

“They’re providing the tags, vaccines and paperwork,” Mr. Murray said.

Dr. John P. Zeh has volunteered his service to the town for the clinic.

“The clinic is free and we want to stress that, but donations will be accepted,” Mr. Murray said.

He said donations will be used to offset the cost of the clinic, which includes syringes, disinfectant and other supplies.

To receive a three-year vaccine, cats and dogs must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate. Cats and dogs also must be at least three months old in order to be vaccinated; pregnant animals can receive the shot. Ferrets must be vaccinated each year. Dogs should be on a leash, and cats should be in a carrier or cloth bag. All animals must be under the control of an adult.

The clinic also will serve as an opportunity for Morristown resident to license their dogs.

Mr. Murray said those seeking discounted spay/neuter licenses must present proof in order to obtain them.

Dogs that are spayed or neutered can be licensed for $5, while those that are not can be licensed for $13.

While only Morristown residents may purchase dog licenses, Mr. Murray said, the clinic is open to anyone.

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