H. B. 4407
(By Delegates Guthrie, Butcher and Manypenny)
[Passed March 8, 2010; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §19-20A-2 and §19-20A-5 of the Code of
West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to requiring
rabies vaccination of dogs and cats of a certain age;
requiring that administered rabies vaccinations be capable of
producing immunity for three years; requiring that dogs and
cats receive necessary boosters; providing for the appointment
of a qualified person to vaccinate when there is no licensed
veterinarian in the county; and requiring rabies vaccinations
for dogs and cats prior to entering the state.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §19-20A-2 and §19-20A-5 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 20A. VACCINATION OF DOGS AND CATS FOR RABIES.
§19-20A-2. Vaccination of dogs and cats.
(a) A person who owns, obtains or possesses a dog or cat within
the State of West Virginia shall have the dog or cat properly
vaccinated against rabies with a vaccine capable of producing
immunity for three years, boostered one year after initial
vaccination and every third year thereafter. Dogs and cats need not
be vaccinated before the age of three months, but must be vaccinated
by the age of six months.
(b) Dogs and cats over six months of age entering the State of
West Virginia must have been vaccinated for rabies as set forth in
subsection (a) of this section prior to entry.
(c) A dog or cat may be vaccinated by any licensed veterinarian
or his or her assistant. If there is no licensed veterinarian
practicing in the county, a qualified person may be appointed by the
county health department to administer vaccinations.
§19-20A-5. Type of vaccine to be furnished; fee.
It is the duty of the veterinarian, or person vaccinating each
animal to furnish vaccine of a type capable of establishing and
maintaining immunity for a period of not less than thirty-six months
and he or she shall charge and collect a fee of not more than $8 for
each animal vaccinated, if done at a clinic established by a county
commission or, if vaccinated at any other place, he or she shall
charge and collect a reasonable fee for his or her services.