TURNER – Residents must have a current rabies vaccination certificate issued by a Maine-licensed veterinarian in order to license a dog.

The town will offer a rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Turner Village Fire/Rescue Barn on General Turner Hill Road, hosted by the Turner Veterinary Service.

A staff member from the town office will be there to license dogs for Turner residents. Other community pet owners are welcome to attend. Dog licensing fees are $10 for unaltered and $6 for altered or sterile dogs. The state animal welfare program has a “Help Fix Me” low-income spay/neuter program for dogs and cats. Those wishing to see if they qualify should call 1-800-367-1317.

Rabies is increasing in Maine, and in Turner a family recently had an experience with a wild animal that was a confirmed rabies carrier. Their dog was fine because it was protected with rabies vaccination. Family members had direct contact with the rabid animal and were given treatment for their health protection.

Licenses are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year. A late fee is applied if residents fail to license before Jan. 31. The late fees are as much as $25 a dog.

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