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Rabies Clinic Scheduled in Wayne County
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Two cases of rabies in domestic animals in Wayne County have one local organization springing into action.

Folks are busy at the Dessin Animal Shelter near Honesdale, getting ready for a rabies vaccination clinic.

The clinic comes after two recent cases of rabies in the Lake Ariel area killed a miniature horse and a dog.

"Rabies is a fatal disease and if you get exposed, and don't realize it and don't get treatment, once the symptoms occur it's fatal so it's really important to protect yourself," said Susan Frisch of the Dessin Animal Shelter.

Animal shelter workers said the owners of the animals had to be treated for rabies exposure.

So this Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the shelter will enlist volunteers and veterinarians to vaccinate animals, large and small, for rabies.

Smaller animals, like dogs, cats and ferrets, can be vaccinated this weekend for six dollars. Larger animals, like livestock and horses, can be vaccinated for $12.

Doctor Sandra Shaffer was called to treat the rabid horse in Lake Ariel. "This horse was literally screaming. The noises it was making were very unsettling," said Dr. Shaffer.

She said abnormal behavior could be a sign of rabies if your pet hasn't been vaccinated.

She added rabies is becoming more frequent in horses because many people don't think to vaccinate large animals for rabies.

Harvey Bessonett owns Triple W Riding Stables near Honesdale and has all 51 of his horses vaccinated for rabies.

"It's a large bill for me, but just to make sure they're all my friends and none of 'em get sick," Bessonett said.

The clinic is this Saturday at the Lake Equestrian Center in Lake Ariel.

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