Globe — Animal control and rabies were the major topics of discussion at the Board of Supervisor’s Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Rabies is a viral disease that infects the central nervous system, and it is 100 percent fatal if not treated right away. Gila County Director of Health and Emergency Services Michael O’Driscoll said that there have been positive cases of rabies in the county in the last few years.
Although deaths don’t occur too often, the CDC estimates that public health costs to prevent, detect and control the disease is more than $300 million a year. This is a problem for Gila County because they have not raised their animal control fees in more than 15 years. O’Driscoll proposed that almost all fees for animal control services be increased. The annual operating costs for animal control in Gila County is $352,000, but they only see $45,000 in revenue. The Health and Emergency Services Department compared the fees in Gila County to those of Pinal, Pima, Maricopa, Greenlee and Yavapai counties, and Gila County’s fees were significantly lower. For the complete article see the 09-04-2013 issue.
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