The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will hold a dog inoculation campaign at fishing ports in Hong Kong. Fishermen can have their dogs vaccinated against rabies and micro-chipped and the licences renewed. AFCD mobile vaccination teams will visit Sai Kung on 9 February.
The half-yearly dog inoculation campaign was launched in 1980 with the aim of providing a licensing renewal and rabies vaccination service for dogs kept by fishermen who work on board fishing vessels most of the time. The vaccination teams will visit the fishing ports from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. A fee of $80 will be charged for each dog. To date, more than 7,300 vaccinations have been given to dogs on fishing vessels.
An AFCD spokesman said that the service is one of the proactive measures to prevent rabies, a fatal disease that is transmitted to humans from animals. Dogs on board vessels that have visited overseas countries may have come in contact with other animals carrying diseases, making them more susceptible to rabies infection.
“Although Hong Kong has been free from animal rabies since 1987, we must remain vigilant to prevent any possible outbreak,” the spokesman said.
Under the Rabies Ordinance, all dogs aged over five months must be vaccinated against rabies, licenced and micro-chipped. Dogs have to be re-vaccinated against rabies and their licences have to be renewed at intervals not exceeding three years. Dog owners who fail to do so are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000.