December 2, 2015
If you live in COLORADO try to be at the capitol bldg 12/8. Read proposed bill below
Rabies Stakeholder Group Members,
Attached you will find the draft Rabies Vaccination Bill. We will be meeting next Tuesday, December 8 at noon in the Capitol Building. I’ll let you know the specific room as soon as we have it confirmed. If you are unable to attend and have comments or questions, please let me know in advance. I do not anticipate having a call in number, but will let you know if that changes. I look forward to seeing many of you next week!
Judy Calhoun, CFRE, CAWA
Larimer Humane Society
5137 S College Ave. (Mail)
6317 Kyle Ave. (Shelter)
Fort Collins, CO 80525
970.530.2950 (direct dial)
970.226.3647 ext 323
Second Regular Session Seventieth General Assembly STATE OF COLORADO
LLS NO. 16-0354.01 Christy Chase x2008 HOUSE BILL
House Committees Senate Committees
A BILL FOR AN ACT 101 CONCERNING THE REQUIREMENT THAT DOMESTIC PETS BE 102 VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES.
Bill Summary (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.) Under current law, local governments may determine whether to require pet owners to vaccinate their pets against rabies. Additionally, when public health and safety are at risk, county or district health departments may order all dogs, cats, other pet animals, or other mammals in the in the county or district to be vaccinated against rabies. The bill imposes a statewide requirement that all dogs and cats that
Shading denotes HOUSE amendment. Double underlining denotes SENATE amendment. Capital letters indicate new material to be added to existing statute. Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute.
REDRAFT 11.23.15 Double underlining denotes changes from prior draftare at least 4 months old be vaccinated against rabies. Dog and cat owners must ensure that their animals are vaccinated within 90 days after assuming ownership, and a licensed veterinarian must administer the vaccination and issue to the owner a rabies vaccination certificate and a tag to be attached to the animal’s collar.
1 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado: 2 SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 25-4-607, amend (1) 3 and (2); and add (1.5) as follows: 4 25-4-607. Order of board of health requiring inoculation of 5 animals – all dogs and cats to be vaccinated – veterinarian waiver du. 6 (1) (a) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (b) OF THIS SUBSECTION (1), 7 when it is deemed advisable in the interest of public health and safety, the 8 board of health of an organized health department or a county board of 9 health may order that all dogs, cats, other pet animals, or other mammals 10 in the county or district be vaccinated against rabies such vaccination to 11 be performed by a licensed veterinarian. 12 (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this 13 subsection (1), A board of health of an organized health department or a 14 county board of health shall not order the inoculation of dogs, cats, or 15 ferrets against rabies any more frequently than is recommended in the 16 VERSION OF THE “Compendium of Animal Rabies Control”, as 17 promulgated by the national association of state public health 18 veterinarians OR ITS SUCCESSOR ORGANIZATION, THAT IS IN EFFECT AT THE 19 TIME THE INOCULATION IS ORDERED. 20 (1.5) (a) (I) REGARDLESS OF WHETHER A BOARD OF HEALTH HAS 21 ISSUED AN INOCULATION ORDER PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS 22 SECTION, THE OWNER OF EVERY DOG OR CAT THAT IS AT LEAST FOUR 23 MONTHS OLD SHALL ENSURE THAT THE ANIMAL IS CURRENTLY
REDRAFT 11.23.15 Double underlining denotes changes from prior draft1 VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES. 2 (II) (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUB-SUBPARAGRAPH (B) AND (C) 3 OF THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (II), AN OWNER SHALL ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER 4 DOG OR CAT IS VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES WITHIN NINETY DAYS AFTER 5 ASSUMING OWNERSHIP OF THE ANIMAL. 6 (B) IF AN OWNER OBTAINS OWNERSHIP OF A DOG OR CAT AT THE 7 TIME THE ANIMAL IS BORN OR WHEN THE ANIMAL IS LESS THAN FOUR 8 MONTHS OLD, THE OWNER SHALL ENSURE THAT THE ANIMAL IS 9 VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES WITHIN NINETY DAYS AFTER THE ANIMAL 10 TURNS FOUR MONTHS OLD. 11 (C) THIS SUBPARAGRAPH (II) DOES NOT LIMIT THE ABILITY OF A 12 BOARD OF HEALTH OF AN ORGANIZED HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR A COUNTY 13 BOARD OF HEALTH TO REQUIRE DOG AND CAT OWNERS TO VACCINATE 14 THEIR DOGS AND CATS WITHIN A SHORTER PERIOD THAN SPECIFIED IN THIS 15 SUBPARAGRAPH (II) AS LONG AS THE REQUIREMENT COMPLIES WITH THE 16 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT’S 17 RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE MINIMUM AGE FOR RABIES 18 VACCINATIONS. 19 (b) A LICENSED VETERINARIAN SHALL ADMINISTER THE RABIES 20 VACCINATION TO THE ANIMAL, AND THE VETERINARIAN SHALL 21 ADMINISTER THE VACCINATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VERSION OF 22 THE “COMPENDIUM OF ANIMAL RABIES CONTROL”, PROMULGATED BY THE 23 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIANS OR ITS 24 SUCCESSOR ORGANIZATION, THAT IS IN EFFECT AT THE TIME THE 25 VACCINATION IS ADMINISTERED. 26 (c) A VETERINARIAN WHO ADMINISTERS A RABIES VACCINATION TO 27 A DOG OR CAT SHALL PROMPTLY ISSUE TO THE OWNER A RABIES
REDRAFT 11.23.15 Double underlining denotes changes from prior draft1 VACCINATION CERTIFICATE AND TAG AND A MEANS FOR ATTACHING THE 2 TAG TO THE ANIMAL’S COLLAR. 3 (d) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBSECTION (1.5), “OWNER” INCLUDES 4 A PET ANIMAL FACILITY, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 35-80-102 (11), C.R.S., 5 THAT HAS OBTAINED OR ASSUMED OWNERSHIP OF A DOG OR CAT. 6 (2) A veterinarian, with the written consent of an animal’s owner, 7 may issue a written waiver pursuant to the rules of the health department, 8 exempting an animal from a rabies vaccination order ISSUED PURSUANT 9 TO SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION OR THE RABIES VACCINATION 10 REQUIREMENT IN SUBSECTION (1.5) OF THIS SECTION if the veterinarian, in 11 his or her professional opinion, determines that the rabies inoculation is 12 contraindicated due to the animal’s medical condition. 13 SECTION 2. In Colorado Revised Statutes, amend 25-4-608 as 14 follows: 15 25-4-608. Notice of order requiring inoculation of animals. The 16 order of a board of health of a health department or a county board of 17 health requiring RABIES inoculation of all dogs, cats, other pet animals, or 18 other mammals shall IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 25-4-607 (1) IS not 19 become effective until twenty-four hours after notice of adoption of the 20 order requiring inoculation of all dogs, cats, other pet animals, or other 21 mammals has been published in a newspaper of general circulation in the 22 county or district. 23 SECTION 3. In Colorado Revised Statutes, amend 25-4-610 as 24 follows: 25 25-4-610. Uninoculated animals not to run at large 26 impounding and disposition of animals. It is unlawful for any THE 27 owner of any dog, cat, other pet animal, or other mammal which THAT has
REDRAFT 11.23.15 Double underlining denotes changes from prior draft1 not been inoculated as required by the order of the county board of health 2 or board of health of a health department, OR FOR ANY OWNER OF A DOG 3 OR CAT THAT HAS NOT BEEN INOCULATED AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 4 25-4-607 (1.5), to allow it THE ANIMAL to run at large. The health 5 department or health officer may capture, and impound, AND DISPOSE OF, 6 IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL PROGRAM POLICY, any such dog, cat, other 7 pet animal, or other mammal THAT HAS NOT BEEN INOCULATED AS 8 REQUIRED BY SECTION 25-4-607 (1) OR (1.5) AND THAT IS found running 9 at large. and dispose of such animal in accordance with local program 10 policy. Such THE power to impound and dispose shall extend EXTENDS to 11 any and all animals unclaimed and found or suspected to be affected by 12 rabies, whether wild or domestic. The division of parks and wildlife shall 13 cooperate with and aid the health department or health officer in the 14 enforcement of ENFORCING this section as it affects animals found or 15 suspected to be affected by rabies when such THE animals are in its THE 16 DIVISION’S care, jurisdiction, or control. 17 SECTION 4. In Colorado Revised Statutes, amend 25-4-615 as 18 follows: 19 25-4-615. Further municipal or county restrictions not 20 prohibited. (1) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION (2) OF THIS 21 SECTION, nothing in this part 6 shall be construed to limit LIMITS the 22 power of any A municipality OR COUNTY within this state to: 23 (a) Prohibit dogs from running at large, REGARDLESS OF whether 24 or not they have been inoculated as provided in this part 6; and nothing 25 in this part 6 shall be construed to limit the power of any municipality to 26 OR 27 (b) Regulate and control, and to enforce other and additional
REDRAFT 11.23.15 Double underlining denotes changes from prior draft1 measures for the restriction and control of, rabies, INCLUDING THE ABILITY 2 OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF A COUNTY TO ADOPT A 3 RESOLUTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 30-15-101 (1) (a), C.R.S., FOR 4 THE CONTROL AND LICENSING OR DOGS AND OTHER PER ANIMALS. 5 (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, A municipality 6 OR COUNTY shall not: 7 (a) Require a dog, cat, or ferret to be inoculated against rabies any 8 more frequently than is recommended in the CURRENT VERSION OF THE 9 “Compendium of Animal Rabies Control” as promulgated by the national 10 association of state public health veterinarians and OR ITS SUCCESSOR 11 ORGANIZATION; OR 12 (b) RESTRICT THE ABILITY OF a veterinarian may TO issue a written 13 waiver exempting an animal from a rabies vaccination order OR 14 MANDATORY RABIES VACCINATION REQUIREMENT as provided in section 15 25-4-607. 16 SECTION 5. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, 17 determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate 18 preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.
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