Can City Officials Force Me To Vaccinate My Dog?

Yes. When quarantine has been declared, the state veterinarian can order any animal to be vaccinated within a period stated in the order and you must pay for the cost of the anti­rabies immunization. However, local health departments may pay for the anti­rabies immunization without charge.

When an order for a rabies vaccination is made, any animal within the quarantined area whose owner refuses to have the owner's animal vaccinated shall be seized and disposed of by the state veterinarian.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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