HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of pet owners took advantage of some free vaccinations provided by the Hub City's Spay and Neuter clinic Saturday. And the staff there say it couldn't come at a better time.
About 200 dogs and cats got free rabies shots at the clinic, which is operated by Southern Pines Animal Shelter.
The annual service to Forrest County and Hattiesburg residents comes just one month after the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed the state's first rabies case in a land animal since 1961.
The disease was found in a feral cat in Starkville.
"We're encouraging everybody to be more cautious," said Alicia Hatch, medical director of Southern Pines Animal Shelter and the Spay and Neuter Clinic. "All the local vets offer rabies vaccines and the (Spay and Neuter Clinic) offers rabies vaccines every day, Monday-Friday, from (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) for $8. It's real important, it's for their health and for yours, it's also the law."
Hatch said Saturday's free service was also held as part of the clinic's outreach for World Rabies Day, which is coming up on Sept. 28.