June 10, 2010

Countryside offers clinics to revaccinate pets

Countryside Humane Society is holding vaccination clinics this week for pets that received expired rabies vaccinations from the shelter.

The clinic is scheduled at Countryside on Friday, June 11 from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, June 12 from 1-3 p.m.

The shelter is scrambling to address the fallout of a discovery that has left hundreds of local pet owners wondering if their animals were properly vaccinated. Local news site Racine Uncovered broke the story back on May 27. Countryside responded the next day with a press release copping to the expired vaccinations. (They also appear to have fired the employee who brought the problem to light.)

On Monday the city's Finance Committee voted to put its animal control contract out for bid, something it hadn't done for at least five years. The last time the city asked for bids Countryside was the only agency to respond. The services are considered too expensive for the city to offer on its own.

Pets that received expired vaccinations include:
  • Animals vaccinated at Countyrside with the 1-year rabies vaccine with the Serial Number S832529, between February 21, 2010 and May 26, 2010
  • Animals vaccinated with the 3-year vaccine with the Serial Number S830707, that were vaccinated between December 10, 2009 and May 26, 2010
Pet owners can check the Countryside Humane Society Rabies Certificate. The number is listed under Lot #. If a pet owner finds their animal has been vaccinated with one of these expired vaccines, they need to contact Countryside Humane Society at (262) 554-6699 immediately.