The Animal Control Unit of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s first rabies clinic for 2013 will take place next Saturday.
There were several cases of animals testing positive for rabies in December and January.
On Jan. 3, a raccoon has tested positive for rabies on the Isle of Hope. Authorities trapped the raccoon after it got into a fight with a family dog. The dog was up to date on her rabies vaccination and there were no human exposures, according to the Chatham Co. Health Dept.
As of Dec. 11, 2012, there were four rabies cases in Chatham County.
On Dec. 4, Chatham County Health Dept. issued a notice saying they were looking for a man who may have been bitten by a feral cat that tested positive for rabies. The cat was found in the Towne Lake area of Godley Station in Chatham County. The rabid cat died Nov. 30 and was very aggressive and sick.
As of August 2012, three raccoons in Bryan County tested positive for rabies in the last two months, according to the Coastal Health District.
Georgia law mandates that a pet be immediately euthanized if it isn't current on its rabies vaccinations and has been exposed to the disease. If the pet owner refuses, the pet is required to be put a six-month isolation period at a designated rabies control facility, which will cost the pet owner about $2,000.
The animal control rabies clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Inoculations are $6.
The clinic will offer microchipping for $20. Animals can be registered with the officials from the Chatham County Tag Registration Office. The animal control center will also be open for pet adoption.
Animal Control officers will be helping handle cats and dogs at the Animal Control Center at 7211Sallie Mood Dr.
Dogs brought to the clinic must be on a leash or in a kennel. Those dogs prone to biting must wear a muzzle. Cats must be brought in carriers.