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SB 155

An Act amending the act of December 15, 1986 (P.L.1610, No.181), known as the Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act, further providing for findings, for legislative intent, for definitions, for Statewide system for rabies control, for powers and duties of department, for testing, for vaccination required and certificate and tag, for antirabies clinics, for veterinarians participating in low-cost rabies clinics and for powers and duties of department relating to wildlife.


http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/bill...pe=B&bn=155



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The original co-sponsor memo:


MEMORANDUM


Posted: December 6, 2012 01:52 PM

From: Senator Stewart Greenleaf

To: All Senate members

Subject: Exemption from Rabies Vaccination


I am reintroducing Senate Bill 90, amending the Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act to provide an exemption from rabies vaccination for dogs and cats with existing medical conditions.

A constituent learned from a friend in New Jersey who owns a dog with serious health issues that a veterinarian may, upon examination, grant an exemption from the rabies vaccination if it is determined that it would be medically contraindicated to vaccinate the dog due to infirmity, other physical condition, or regimen of therapy. When my constituent looked into obtaining a similar exemption in Pennsylvania for her dog, which has the same medical conditions, she discovered that the above act does not allow for such an exception.

Under current law, every person living in this Commonwealth, owning or keeping a dog or cat over three months of age, must have them vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Upon vaccination the owner of the dog or cat will receive a certificate and tag. A person who violates any provision of the act (i.e. fails to vaccinate their dog or cat) commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine up to $300. While the Agriculture Department’s Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services has informally advised veterinarians that express concern with vaccinating animals with compromised health to document the medical reasons for not vaccinating and to provide a copy to the owner in the event of an investigation/inspection, it does not protect the owner of the animal from being cited.

My legislation would grant an exemption from vaccination against rabies if a licensed veterinarian examines and determines that it would be medically contraindicated to vaccinate a dog or cat due to an infirmity, other physical condition, or regimen of therapy. The department shall develop an exemption form which must be completed and signed by the veterinarian and animal owner. A rabies vaccination exemption shall be valid for a period of up to one year after which the animal must be re-examined. At that time the animal must either be vaccinated against rabies or, if exemption status still applies, a new certificate of exemption must be issued. The veterinarian shall maintain the signed exemption as part of the animal’s medical records and must provide a copy to the owner.

Administering a rabies vaccine to an animal with existing medical conditions could seriously jeopardize their health. In addition, shots administered to an unhealthy animal may not provide immunity. Manufacturers of rabies vaccine state that it is for healthy animals and the United States Department of Agriculture agrees. A precaution listed by one rabies vaccine manufacturer is “A protective immune response may not be elicited if animals are incubating an infectious disease, are malnourished or parasitized, are stressed due to shipment or environmental conditions, are otherwise immunocompromised …” If a veterinarian has determined that a vaccination would be injurious to the animal’s health, the owner should not be forced to risk their pet’s life. With passage of this legislation Pennsylvania would join fifteen other states (i.e., New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Virginia) that provide medical exemptions from rabies vaccination.

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legi...p;cosponId=9832
 

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SECTION 3. LEGISLATIVE INTENT.


IT IS THE INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PROVIDE A
COMPREHENSIVE RABIES CONTROL PROGRAM INVOLVING [RESEARCH]
<span style="font-weight: bold">CONTROL</span>, PREVENTION AND EDUCATION


VACCINATION AGAINST RABIES REQUIRED.--

(New Language)


(1) A PERSON OWNING OR KEEPING A DOG OR A CAT THAT
SPENDS A PART OF A 24-HOUR DAY IN A KENNEL <span style="font-weight: bold">OR <span style="text-decoration: underline">COLONY FACILITY</span>
OR IN A RESIDENCE INHABITED BY A HUMAN BEING IN THIS
COMMONWEALTH MUST HAVE THE DOG OR CAT VACCINATED AGAINST
RABIES WITHIN FOUR WEEKS AFTER THE DATE THE DOG OR CAT
ATTAINS 12 WEEKS OF AGE.</span>

(2) <span style="font-weight: bold">A PERSON OWNING OR KEEPING A DOG OR CAT THAT IS
REQUIRED TO BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES SHALL PRODUCE EITHER
PROOF OF VACCINATION OR EXEMPTION STATUS UNDER SUBSECTION (F)
WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER A POLICE OFFICER, STATE DOG WARDEN,
DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL OR DESIGNATED MUNICIPAL ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER REQUESTS THE PROOF.</span> A DOG OR CAT LESS THAN 12 WEEKS
OF AGE MAY BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES ACCORDING TO VACCINE
MANUFACTURER INSTRUCTIONS IF THERE IS A RABIES VACCINE
LICENSED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND
LISTED IN THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
STATE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIANS RABIES COMPENDIUM THAT IS
LABELED FOR USE IN A DOG OR CAT LESS THAN 12 WEEKS OF AGE.


(A.1) REVACCINATION.--<span style="font-weight: bold">UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED BY THE
DIRECTIONS OF THE VACCINE MANUFACTURER, A BOOSTER VACCINATION
MUST BE ADMINISTERED BETWEEN 12 AND 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF
THE INITIAL VACCINATION REGARDLESS OF THE AGE OF THE ANIMAL AT
INITIAL VACCINATION.</span> THE ANIMAL MUST BE SUBSEQUENTLY
REVACCINATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DIRECTIONS OF THE VACCINE MANUFACTURER.



(II) ADMINISTER THE VACCINE IN AN APPROVED MANNER <span style="font-weight: bold">SO
THE DOG OR CAT IS PROPERLY VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES.</span>

(Above bold - language revised or added)


(III) MAINTAIN DETAILED RECORDS FOR AT LEAST THREE
YEARS WHICH INDICATE:


(A) THE NAME, TYPE, LOT NUMBER, DATE OF PURCHASE
AND DATE OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE RABIES VACCINE.


(B) A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE [ANIMAL] DOG
OR CAT VACCINATED. <span style="font-weight: bold">THE DESCRIPTION MUST INCLUDE THE
BREED, AGE, COLOR, MARKINGS, SEX AND ANY PERMANENT
IDENTIFICATION MARKERS SUCH AS A MICROCHIP OR TATTOO.</span>


(C) THE <span style="font-weight: bold">FULL</span> NAME, ADDRESS, <span style="font-weight: bold">CERTIFICATION</span> NUMBER
AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PERSON WHO ADMINISTERED
THE VACCINE.
(IV) <span style="font-weight: bold">PROVIDE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO THE RECORDS
DESCRIBED IN SUBPARAGRAPH (III) UPON THE REQUEST OF THE
DEPARTMENT.</span>


(D) ENFORCEMENT.--[IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF EVERY] A POLICE
OFFICER OR STATE DOG WARDEN OR THE DESIGNATED MUNICIPAL ANIMAL
CONTROL OFFICER [TO] <span style="font-weight: bold">SHALL</span> ISSUE A CITATION TO EVERY PERSON WHO
OWNS A DOG OR CAT WHICH IS NOT <span style="font-weight: bold">EITHER</span>:
(1) VACCINATED PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (A), (A.1) OR (B);
OR
<span style="font-weight: bold">(2) EXEMPT FROM THE VACCINATION REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO
SUBSECTION (F).</span>
 

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Clearly, this is a game changer for those that TNR.

Real and absolute verifiable records of rabies will need to be kept.

Cats released will need to have readily available means of individual identification upon demand of any of the several agencies responsible for the act.

The feral cat caretaker or colony manager will be responsible for rabies vaccines and documents.

Failure to revaccinate carries civil penalties.




This is a very much needed revision to the rabies law.

Feral cat TNR groups and more to the point, those that release and or abandon the cats back into the wild, but care for them as a caretaker will now be liable for rabies vaccinations, revaccinations, and verifiable identification of each cat, and rabies vaccination records. Those to be on demand of basically any law enforcement officer, as noted in this act.




Those with issues on feral cats - this is YOUR bill. At least part of the problem is addressed in this bill.

Contact your state senators and support the passage of this bill with NO amendments!
 

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PN 0107 Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, Jan. 15, 2013
PN 0368 Reported as amended, Feb. 6, 2013
First consideration, Feb. 6, 2013
Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, Feb. 13, 2013
Re-reported as committed, March 18, 2013
Second consideration, March 19, 2013
Third consideration and final passage, April 8, 2013 (48-0)
 

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<span style="font-weight: bold">Those with issues on feral cats - this is YOUR bill.</span> At least part of the problem is addressed in this bill.

Contact your state senators and support the passage of this bill with NO amendments!
 

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I still firmly believe that due to the numbers they should be viewed as an invasive species and treated as such. Open season on any kitty not wearing a collar with owners info on it. And the crazy cat ladies that feed the entire breeding community of them dealt some stiff fines.
 

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This bill states the accountability required for having these animals.

They have to have readily identifiable means of know what cat is what - and when they were inoculated. The records have to be kept, the shots administered by a certified vet.


Last, someone will actually have their name associated with owning the cat. No more hiding in the shadows of the law.


It is a start.
 

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It is a start if it passes. Any cat legislation in the past failed, there are a lot of nut cases who believe cats should run free and they are vocal.
 

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Passed the senate and now in the house.


This might be running below the radar. it is labeled a rabies bill.


"Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act"
 

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An Act amending the act of December 15, 1986 (P.L.1610, No.181), known as the Rabies Prevention and Control in Domestic Animals and Wildlife Act, further providing for findings, for legislative intent...
Action(s)
PN 0107
Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS,Jan. 15, 2013

PN 0368
Reported as amended from AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS, Feb. 6, 2013

First consideration, Feb. 6, 2013
Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS,Feb. 13, 2013

Re-reported as committed from APPROPRIATIONS, March 18, 2013

Second consideration, March 19, 2013
<span style="font-weight: bold">Third consideration and final passage, April 8, 2013 (48-0)</span>

<span style="font-weight: bold">In the House </span>

Referred to AGRICULTURE AND RURAL AFFAIRS,April 10, 2013
 

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Won't matter much, with Ag in charge even if it passes, it will not get enforced!
 

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But, there is no legal defense if little Suzy get rabies from the local colony. The days of the nipped ear being once and done with no record of when a cat was last inoculated and lack of positive ID to go with it are over - if this passes.

One step in the process. Hopefully this trips the finish line.

Take a small win on the road to the big picture.
 

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Unless the general assembly makes it a serious crime to maintain a colony of feral cats and to capture and release them again this legislation is simply for show and will do no good untill after the fact. The cats will still be doing more damage to wildlife than natural predators. That coupled with Ag being the enforcement arm of this law makes it worthless. Even if they did attempt enforcement, which they won't, nothig will happen until someone is injured and perhaps have to go through rabies shots so big deal. Feral cats are one of the biggest vectors of rabies and are a menace to humans and wildlife alike. If there is to be legislation, let it be meaningful since the nut case cat ladies will fight it, may as well fight them once and get it over with.
 
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