PHOENIX - Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is going to the dogs today.
Staff members will administer free and reduced cost rabies vaccines on Tuesday.
"Rabies can infect your pet and then be transferred to you," said MCACC's Aprille Hollis. "It's important your pets are protected."
Not only is it important to protect your health, it's also the law.
State law requires dogs to be vaccinated against the disease, which is deadly in animals and humans.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , rabies is a viral disease most often transferred through the bite of an infected animal.
It effects the central nervous system, causing disease and eventual death.
Symptoms include headache, fever and general weakness.
As the disease progresses, symptoms include anxiety, light sensitivity and hyper salivation.
Treatment for the disease is available for humans, but can be painful.
Free vaccines for dogs will be administered Tuesday evening, while reduced cost doses will be available throughout the day.
Free doses will be distributed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the animal shelter at 2500 S. 27th Avenue in Phoenix.
During the day, $20 doses will be available at the Phoenix shelter as well as the facility at 2630 W. 8th Street in Mesa from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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