Missouri State Senate

House Amendment

SCS/SB 566 - The act requires dog and cat owners to vaccinate these animals against rabies. The vaccinations must be administered by a veterinarian and must be kept current in accordance with a veterinarian's determination or local law. The act allows for an exemption from the vaccination requirement for animals with medical conditions that restrict them from receiving the vaccination.

The act is similar to HB 2309 (2010).

ERIKA JAQUES

HA 1: REMOVES THE REQUIREMENT THAT EVERY DOG AND CAT OWNER MUST HAVE THEIR DOGS AND CATS VACCINATED FOR RABIES. THE AMENDMENT REQUIRES INSTEAD THAT IF A PERSON SUSPECTS THAT HE OR SHE HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO RABIES THROUGH CONTACT WITH A DOG OR CAT, THE OWNER OF SUCH DOG OR CAT MUST SHOW DOCUMENTATION OF RABIES VACCINATION OR ELSE SURRENDER THE ANIMAL TO AUTHORITIES. A LICENSED VETERINARIAN WILL EXAMINE THE SURRENDERED ANIMAL AND MAY EUTHANIZE THE ANIMAL IF HE OR SHE DEEMS NECESSARY.

HA 2: MODIFIES THE DEFINITION OF "HARBOR" SO THAT IT APPLIES TO 14 CONSECUTIVE DAYS RATHER THAN 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.

HyperLink