The number of animals infected with rabies in Burnet County, Texas, rose from nine last year to 19 so far this year, and several other counties in the state are reporting similar increases in rabid animal cases. Officials say the increase in reports in Burnet County may be due to dry weather conditions, which forces animals to seek water in residential areas. "City ordinances and state law requires anyone keeping or owning a dog or cat 16 weeks of age or older to have that animal vaccinated against rabies," said Cheryl Schneider, director of the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

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