Vets warn of rabies outbreak

A dog tested positive for rabies in Harare last week and the Avondale Veterinary Surgery has issued an alert , urging owners to have their dogs vaccinated every year.

The Veterinarians for Animal Welfare said another dog in the area had tested positive recently after being hit by a car.

“A very concerned couple stopped to help a dog that had been hit and badly injured by a car along The Chase. The dog was very aggressive, which is a natural reaction when they are in pain, biting one of the rescuers,” said VAWZ’s Animal Welfare Officer, Mel Hood.

“There is a high incidence of rabies in Harare and children in particular should be warned not to play with strange dogs or puppies.” According to VAWZ records for 2012, 11,450 people were bitten by dogs and 11 died from rabies. Stray dogs, or dogs that are acting strangely, should be reported immediately to the nearest vet.

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