Rabies Vaccination Verification Program to begin March 13

Published 4:28 pm Monday, March 3, 2014

By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal

A Rabies Vaccination Verification Program will begin in Lowndes County on March 13. according to Dr. James N. Green of Shelby, Ala. in charge of rabies control.

He said Alabama Code requires all dogs and cats three months of age be vaccinated against rabies yearly (365 days to the date).

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He said the law also requires the owner must be able to provide proof of vaccination by a licensed veterinarian.

Green said deputy rabies inspectors will go door to door throughout all cities, townships and rural areas in white shirts and blue pants with ID badges. And, he said, a notice of program compliance will be left when unable to speak directly with someone.

He also said citations will be issued as circumstances and evidence dictate.

According to Green, those not in compliance will have to pay a penalty and get their animals properly vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian within seven days.

“Those pet owners who are in violation of this law will be fined a $20 citation penalty (per animal up to a limit of two animals per household) for the animal plus the cost of the vaccination fee.”

He also those who fail to comply will have deposition summons issued and a court date set and the cost and penalties could be up to $500 or six months in jail.

“The public is requested to have their rabies vaccination certificate posted on around their front door in plain view,” Green said.