The Ministry of Health is working along with the SAGA Humane Society are on a mass Rabies campaign for San Pedro. Spearheaded by San Pedro Health Inspector Miss Lisa Tillett, the initiative hopes to issue rabies vaccination to some 900 dogs throughout the month of October. The activity comes after a notable increase in reported dog bites through the past months. In addition to the increase in dog bites, Lisa stated that the venturing by developments into unchartered mangrove wetlands, exposing animals such as raccoons, only adds to the threat of rabies infections to both dogs and consequently human beings.
The house to house visits started during the first week of October and will continue through the end of the month on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In order to facilitate for pet owners that are not at home during the day but would want their dogs to be vaccinated, Miss Tillett, along with volunteers chose two Saturdays during the month to offer the service at the Central Park.
The first was held on Saturday October 6th. During the first week of the campaign, the team managed to issue 148 vaccinations to 145 dogs and 3 cats. Of these, 98 were males and 47 were females.
During the second week, the team targeted San Pablo, Coconut Drive and the Airstrip area for October 9th and 10th. This all leads up to this Saturday October 13th, when the team will be at the Central Park from 9am through 2pm offering the rabies vaccination service once more.
On October 16th and 17th, the team is scheduled to be in the Town Core area and San Pedrito. On the 23rd and 24th they will hit San Juan and Boca del Rio while the 30th and 31st will find them targeting San Mateo.
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