(510 ILCS 5/8)
(from Ch. 8, par. 358)
(a) 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.
(b) Every owner of a cat that is a companion animal and is 4 months or more of age shall have each cat inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Every cat that is a companion animal shall have a second rabies vaccination within one year of the first. Terms of subsequent vaccine administration and duration of immunity must be in compliance with USDA licenses of vaccines used. This subsection (b) does not apply to feral cats; however, if a feral cat is presented to a licensed veterinarian for sterilization, the feral cat shall be inoculated against rabies, unless the person presenting the feral cat for care provides an inoculation certificate showing that the feral cat has been inoculated against rabies, and the cost of the inoculation shall be paid by the person presenting the feral cat to a licensed veterinarian for care.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) A veterinarian who inoculates a cat that is a companion animal shall issue an inoculation certificate to the owner which shall comply with any registration requirements adopted by the county under Section 3 of this Act. The owner shall pay any fee imposed by the county under Section 3 of this Act. A veterinarian who inoculates a feral cat shall issue an inoculation certificate to the person who presented the feral cat for veterinary care. The registration requirements or any fee imposed by the county under Section 3 of this Act shall not apply to feral cats.
(f) 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.
(g) 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.
(h) 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. 101-299, eff. 1-1-20