LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Nearly three out of four animals coming to Webb County vaccination clinics have never had their rabies shot. These numbers have made Webb County representatives want to increase their funding for vaccinations. The county has been focusing on the Rio Bravo and El Cenizo area with their previous clinics.
Nearly 500 dogs were vaccinated, the majority of those have never had a rabies shot before. Webb County approved $5,000 in funding back in February, so within three clinics, the funding was already used up.
Now the county wants to double the funding, so other areas of Webb County can have the opportunity to have their pets vaccinated.
"What’s happening is maybe some of these people can't afford to have their pets vaccinated, so it's a free vaccination at no cost to them. So a lot of these people are bringing out pets that they've never brought out before and vaccinating them against the rabies epidemic that could possibly happen. So it's a good thing. It's a win, win situation for the residents of Webb County, it's a win, win situation for Webb County."
The areas they want to go to next are the mines road area and quad city area.
Funding is available through the county's public health service.