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ELEVEN MILE CORNER — After an area resident offered discounted rabies vaccinations to people on social media earlier this week, Pinal County Animal Care and Control issued a statement urging people to seek the shots only from a licensed veterinarian.

“Not only is this fraud, it is also illegal to administer a rabies vaccine to your dog. It must be performed by a licensed veterinarian,” Pinal County Animal Care and Control said Friday.

An area resident had posted a message in a local Facebook chat site offering the rabies vaccinations for $20 each, announcing that she had administered one to her own pet and had a certificate.

Several people on the site had expressed interest in receiving one of the shots. The post has since been removed.

“If you love your pet, do not rabies-vaccinate them yourself or have someone else do it. It could cause harm to your dog and if not done correctly it can cause death,” Pinal County Animal Care and Control said.

Upcoming low-cost vaccination and licensing clinics planned by Pinal County Animal Care and Control at its facility, 1150 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, are:

  • Thursday, June 11 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 27 at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 18 at 8 a.m.

Vaccinations at the facility are $9 and are given by a licensed veterinarian.

“If you participate in this fraudulent act, you can be prosecuted for fraud,” the agency said. “We have forwarded all information to the state vet board and the police department for an investigation.”

It is legal to administer a rabies vaccine to livestock but not dogs, Pinal County Animal Care and Control said.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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