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Rabies and Animal Control

Special to the Courier

Some Texans think of rabies in connection with their pets, and believe that pet vaccination alone might eliminate the disease. In fact, the wildlife so prevalent in the Hill Country and throughout the state is a primary reason for the spread of the disease. In 2015, in the ten counties of the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, there were 53 animals that tested positive for rabies. Of those, only one was a pet (dog.) The remaining cases were found, in descending order, amongst skunk, raccoon, bat, and fox. In other areas of Texas, coyotes have also tested positive for the disease. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the body’s central nervous system. Almost always fatal in animals, in can be just as deadly to humans if left untreated.
Please join us at our February Chapter Meeting to hear Chief Deputy Constable – Pct 2 Ray Garcia, the Director of Kerr County Environmental Health and Animal Services, and Sarah Merritt, Assistant Director, speak on the agency’s practices for Rabies and Animal Control in Kerr County, and learn how citizens can support efforts to combat the disease. Nelson, a Canine Co-presenter will also be in attendance and participate in the program.
The monthly meetings of the Texas Master Naturalist Hill Country chapter are free and open to the public. We meet in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s lecture hall, 125 North Lehmann Drive in Kerrville. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the program starts at 7 pm Contact Craig Childs, Vice-President, 210-286-2674, for further information.