Friday, November 14, 2014

Sallisaw Residents Offered Emergency Rabies Clinic

An emergency rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Dr. Gary Cox's Sallisaw Veterinary Clinic. The Sallisaw Police Department and Animal Control, with the assistance of Dr. Cox, set up the emergency vaccination clinic after a young boy was bitten and scratched by a rabid cat. Sallisaw police said it is not known if the cat was a feral cat or someone's pet. Since the rabid cat was in Sallisaw, the clinic is offered to Sallisaw residents only. The shots are $7 per animal. Those planning to get the vaccination for their pet are asked to bring a current utility bill. 

The cat attacked the boy in the Four Seasons addition on Sunday. The boy suffered scratches and bites, and is now undergoing immunization therapy. According to the Sallisaw police department the cat was observed acting strange, including the fact that the cat attacked rather than ran away. The cat was captured and sent to the state for testing. On Wednesday the state notified the police department that the cat tested positive for rabies. Anyone who sees a domestic animal or wildlife acting suspiciously is asked to contact Sallisaw animal control or the police department at 918-775-4142. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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