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(A) It shall be the duty of every owner of a dog harbored in the city to have such dog inoculated against rabies as required by the statutes of the State of Illinois. It shall be the duty of every owner of a cat or ferret harbored in the city to have such cat or ferret inoculated against rabies in a manner consistent with veterinary best practices. The owner or harborer of such dog, cat, or ferret shall at all times keep in his possession evidence of rabies inoculation consisting of a certificate signed by the licensed veterinarian administering the vaccine.
(B) A licensed veterinarian who inoculates an animal against rabies shall provide serially numbered rabies inoculation tags, to be issued with each inoculation certificate. Such tag shall at all times be attached to a collar or harness worn by the animal for which the certificate and tag have been issued. The original copy of the inoculation certificate shall go the County Rabies Warden, and one copy shall be kept by the licensed veterinarian.
(C) The owner or harborer of any animal which exhibits symptoms of rabies, or the owner of any animal in direct contact with such animal, whether or not such animal has been vaccinated shall immediately notify the Henry County Rabies Warden, or Police Department, and shall promptly confine such animal, or have it confined under suitable observation, for a period of at least ten days, unless officially authorized by the Henry County Rabies Warden, in writing, to release it sooner.
(Ord. 3584, passed 8-11-08) Penalty, see § 91.18