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(A) No person(s) shall own, keep, or harbor any dog or cat over four months of age within the city, unless such is vaccinated against rabies. In addition, the dog or cat must then be vaccinated against rabies 12 months following the initial rabies vaccination with either a one-year or three-year USDA-approved rabies vaccination. Thereafter, allowing for an annual or triennial vaccination interval depending upon the type of vaccine used (either one-year or three-year duration), for subsequent vaccinations. The provisions of this section do not apply to animals owned by a licensed research facility or held in a veterinary medical facility or a government operated or licensed animal shelter.
(B) All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
(C) A certificate of vaccination by a licensing authority shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the compendium. Each owner shall also receive a durable vaccination tag provided by the veterinarian to be permanently attached to a collar or harness worn at all times when the animal is off the premises of the owner.
(D) A person commits an offense if he or she fails or refuses to have each dog or cat, of which he or she is the owner, vaccinated against rabies in accordance with this chapter.
(Ord. 09-1013, passed 10-13-2009) Penalty, see § 90.999