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Clinic Battles Rabies, Licenses Dogs

After hours of helping others get their pets vaccinated and licensed, Linda Mezzullo decided it was time to get her own dog taken care of. So as the rabies clinic at the Westport Weston Health District drew to a close yesterday, Tyr got his shot and his collar tag.

“I was going to mail it in, but what the heck,” said Mezzullo as she handed over the paperwork and processing fee to make sure Tyr was legal in Westport. She said having the ability to take care of both issues at the same time and place was a great idea. But as one of the volunteers helping with the clinic, she wasn't a hard sell on the concept.

Strauss said before the event that she hoped one-third of the pet owners at the clinic would get their dogs licensed. That offer applied only to Westoprters though the vaccinations had no residency requirements and drew pet owners from all over Fairfield County.

Strauss issued 31 licenses out of more than an estimated 70 vaccinations. In her eyes, that made the effort succesful. This was the first time her office was involved the clinic. Proof of vaccination is one of the requirements for a license.

The clinic allowed pet owners to get their rabies vaccinations for dogs or cats, for $20. While there were no residency requirements for the shots, only Westport residents were able to get dog licenses. The town charges $8 to make a spayed or neutered dog legal. Otherwise it is $19.

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