Almost 500 King pets given rabies vaccine

More than 800 pet owners in King William’s Town benefitted from a successful rabies vaccination campaign held by the department of agriculture.

PIN PRICK: Breidbach resident Xavier Dickson, left, keeps his dog in position while department of agriculture animal health technician Nomsa Xilongo administers the vaccination during a recent anti-rabies campaign Picture: DESMOND COETZEE

DoA animal health technician Nomsa Xilongo said the campaign was is held annually.

“We vaccinated 80 pets in Qalashe, 96 in Acorn Valley, 300 in Sweetwaters and concluded with a total of 333 in Breidbach,” Xilongo said.

“The vaccination campaign only takes place once per year but anyone who missed out on the opportunity should visit the Zwelitsha State Veterinary Clinic and have their pets vaccinated free of charge.”

Xilongo said added she had informed Breidbach community leader Desmond Coetzee about their visit and was grateful for his continuous support.

“I’ve been working with Desmond for the past three years and was over the moon with the many pet owners waiting for us in the streets.,” she said.

“The people were very supportive and you could see the appreciation on their faces.”

Coetzee, who isserves as chairperson of the Breidbach Clinic Committee chairperson, and is concerned with the many dog-bite reports in the area.

“This campaign is a blessing to our community and I would like to commend the department for their commitment in striving to curb the high rate of rabies within our area,” he said.

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