Rabies vaccines given to pets at lower cost after health alert in Kendall

Mobile clinic open until 4 p.m. outside Miami Dade College

KENDALL, Fla. – A rabies clinic is being held Thursday after a health alert in southwest Miami-Dade.

Because of that alert, Animal Services' Mobile Animal Clinic decided to help some residents in the Kendall area and set up at Miami Dade College to provide vaccines. 

"This turned out to be great," Animal Services spokesman Reuben Arce said. "I think the community has responded really well. They've come out. They know that we're here today. We'll be here from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we're hoping to get as many cats and dogs vaccinated as possible."

"I'm definitely worried about the whole rabies thing because I walk him, and he likes to attack the ducks," a Kendall resident said. "Also, when he sees a cat, he's very curious to see what kind of animal it is."

The Florida Department of Health has expanded the area affected by the warning in southwest Miami-Dade.

The alert areas now include Sunset Drive to the north and Southwest 128th Street to the south. The alert area is bordered by Southwest 87th Avenue to the east and the Turnpike to the west.

The mobile Animal Services clinic will be available to dog and cat owners until 4 p.m.