PRINTER'S NO.  2164

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

1454

Session of

2010

  

  

INTRODUCED BY GREENLEAF, ORIE, M. WHITE AND ALLOWAY, AUGUST 24, 2010

  

  

REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, AUGUST 24, 2010  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Amending the act of December 15, 1986 (P.L.1610, No.181),

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entitled "An act providing for the establishment and

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operation of a Statewide system for the prevention and

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control of rabies; imposing additional powers and duties on

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the Departments of Agriculture and Health; providing for

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emergency declarations; fixing penalties for violations; and

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making an appropriation," further providing for vaccination

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required.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Section 8(a) and (d) of the act of December 15,

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1986 (P.L.1610, No.181), known as the Rabies Prevention and

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Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act, amended July 1,

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1987 (P.L.184, No.23), are amended and the section is amended by

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adding a subsection to read:

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Section 8.  Vaccination required; certificate [and], tag and

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exemption.

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(a)  Requirement.--[Every] Except as provided for in

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subsection (f), every person living in this Commonwealth, owning

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or keeping a dog or cat over three months of age, shall cause

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that dog or cat to be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies vaccine

 


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shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian or under the

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supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The Commonwealth shall

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recognize the three-year rabies vaccine as the vaccine to be

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used. Those animals vaccinated after one year of age shall get

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booster vaccinations every three years thereafter. Those animals

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vaccinated prior to one year of age will be considered protected

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for only one year and shall receive a booster vaccination one

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year later on the anniversary date of the original vaccination

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and shall be vaccinated every three years thereafter.

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(d)  Enforcement.--[It shall be the duty of every] Every 

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police officer or State dog warden or the designated municipal

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animal control officer [to] shall issue a citation to every

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person who owns a dog or cat which is not vaccinated pursuant to

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subsection (a) [or], (b) or (f).

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(f)  Exemption.--

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(1)  An exemption from vaccination against rabies for a

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dog or cat pursuant to subsection (a) may be granted if a

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licensed veterinarian has examined the animal and determines

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that it would be medically contraindicated to vaccinate the

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animal due to an infirmity, other physical condition or

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regimen of therapy.

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(2)  The department shall develop an exemption form which

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must be completed and signed by the veterinarian and animal

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owner.

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(3)  A rabies vaccination exemption shall be valid for a

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period of up to one year after which the animal shall be re-

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examined. At that time the animal shall either be vaccinated

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against rabies or, if exemption status still applies, a new

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certificate of exemption shall be issued.

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(4)  The veterinarian shall maintain the signed exemption

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as part of the animal's medical records and provide a copy to

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the owner.

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Section 2.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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