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(510 ILCS 5/8)
(from Ch. 8, par. 358)
Every owner of a dog 4 months or more of age shall have each dog
inoculated against rabies
by a licensed veterinarian. Every dog shall
have a second rabies vaccination within one year of the first. Terms of
vaccine administration and duration of immunity must be in compliance with USDA
licenses of vaccines used. A veterinarian immunizing a dog, cat, or ferret against rabies shall provide the Administrator of the county in which the dog, cat, or ferret resides with a certificate of immunization. Evidence of such rabies
inoculation shall be entered on a certificate the form of which shall be
approved by the Board and which shall contain the microchip number of the dog, cat, or ferret if it has one and which shall be signed by the licensed
veterinarian administering the vaccine. Only one dog, cat, or ferret shall be included on each certificate. Veterinarians who inoculate a dog
shall procure from the County Animal
Control in the county where their office is located
numbered tags, one to be issued with each inoculation certificate. The
Board shall cause a rabies
inoculation tag to be issued, at a fee established by the Board
dog inoculated against rabies.
Rabies vaccine for use on animals shall be sold or distributed only to
and used only by licensed veterinarians. Such rabies vaccine shall be
licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
If a licensed veterinarian determines in writing that a rabies inoculation would compromise an animal's health, then the animal shall be exempt from the rabies inoculation requirement, however, the owner is still responsible for the tag fees.
If a bite occurs from an exempt animal, the exempt animal shall be treated as an unvaccinated animal. If the animal is exempt, the animal shall be re-examined by a licensed veterinarian on no less than an annual basis and be vaccinated against rabies as soon as the animal's health permits.
(Source: P.A. 99-658, eff. 7-28-16.)