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(WBIR) The Knox County Health Department and the Knoxville Veterinarian Medical Association are offering rabies vaccinations for $10 per animal on Saturdays, May 3-10 from 2-4:30 p.m. at select Knox County schools.

Tennessee and Knox County laws require all dogs and cats 3-months-old and older to get vaccinated against rabies. Rabies attacks the brain and spinal column. If untreated, pets can die within days after contracting the illness.

The best way to prevent rabies is to make sure pets get vaccinated and avoid contact with stray or wild animals.

At the vaccination clinics, all pets must be restrained. Dogs should be on a leash, and cats should be in carriers or pillowcases (a pillowcase is preferred because the vaccine can be administered through the cloth). People with aggressive or uncontrollable dogs are advised to leave the pet in the car and ask for assistance at the registration desk.

May 3, 2014

May 10, 2014

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