According to Mike Martinez, Animal Control Supervisor for the Tucumcari Police Department, it is time once again for the annual Quay County Rabies Clinics and he expects a good number of the pet population of Quay County to be there for a number of reasons.
“Well,” said Martinez, “it’s important that it gets done, it’s a lower price than the vets normally charge and we are looking very carefully at vaccinations when we pick up a pet.”
Martinez said if it turns out the animal is not vaccinated the owners of the pet will be fined. “Like I said, we’re really checking,” said Martinez. Martinez said he anticipates there will be a good turn out for the clinics. “At least there has been the last few years, and I don’t see any reason that it wouldn’t be again this year.” Martinez said there will be a number of different sites throughout the county for pet owners to take their animals for their rabies and other vaccination.
Tucumcari will be conducting their clinic all day long at the city warehouse at 302 W. Center St. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with Dr. James Tompkins doing the vaccinations from 9 through noon and Dr. D.D. Farmer handling the animals from 1 to 4 p.m. Dr. J.P. Corey will be doing clinics in Nara Visa, Logan and San Jon. She will be in Nara Visa at the fire station from 9:30-10:30 a.m. central time. She will then travel to Logan and be at the fire station there from 1 to 3 p.m. She will end the day in San Jon at the fire station from 4 to 5 p.m. “I feel this is extremely important,” said Corey about the vaccination clinics in Quay County. “Rabies is so dangerous and it’s out there. Everyone knows about how skunks and bats can carry it, but so can other animals like coyotes.” Corey said that merely because a dog or a cat is predominately a house pet, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safe from rabies. “It just takes that one time getting outside,” said Corey.
The Tucumcari veterinarian said that farm and ranch pets are especially susceptible to rabies carried by feral animals since they spend their lives in such close proximity to wild animals. Corey’s take on the situation was echoed by Farmer who said that basically rabies clinics such as the May 22 clinic are often what stands as a guard against major outbreaks of the disease. “Rabies is a very, very dangerous disease,” said Farmer. “Any number of animals can carry the disease and it can be passed to our pets and eventually to people. These clinics are very important.”
In that way said Farmer the clinics are similar to some of the other health activities that have been taking place in the area in recent weeks.
“It’s the same type of thing as the recent Wellness Clinic,” said Farmer. “We want people to be sitting there and look at ‘old shemp’ and say ‘We’ve got to get him vaccinated.’”
Vaccinations for both dogs and cats will be $6 each and other vaccinations will be available at an additional costs.
Martinez said that city pet licenses will be available in both Tucumcari and San Jon, and he reminded pet owners to properly control their pets. “All dogs should be on leashes and cats should be in carriers,” said Martinez.