After rabies scare, Abilene offers dog bite prevention classes

ABILENE, Texas - After an Abilene shelter animal tested positive for rabies in May, the city will offer rabies and dog bite education courses.

On May 30, KTXS learned that a dog at the shelter had contracted rabies and was exhibiting symptoms.  City employees had sent a sample to the state, and officials confirmed the virus.  It was the first case of a shelter animal testing positive in decades.

Monday, the city of Abilene issued the following press release concerning upcoming education courses:

ABILENE, Texas – Animal Services is offering community education courses this week to help teach residents about rabies, dog bite prevention and proper pet care. The rabies and dog bite prevention courses will be held August 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library located at 202 Cedar St., and August 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mockingbird Library branch.

Since June 1st Animal Services has processed 65 bite reports from Abilene citizens. Forty of these bites involved children and may have been preventable.

"Each time I respond to a dog bite to a child it is a difficult situation; several times the bites occur in the home and with a family or friend's pet.  If the child or parents knew to look for the signals the pet is giving them; then the bite would not happen," said Field Supervisor Joe Helm.

Animal Services will also hold a Proper Pet Care course to teach people of all ages how to properly care for their animals and how to stop the over population of pets in our community. This course will be offered August 8th at 8:00 p.m. at the Mockingbird Library branch.

The classes will be led by Animal Services Manager Aaron Vannoy and his two dogs; Dora and Snitch. Door prizes will be given out and each participant receives a free City of Abilene Animal License.

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