County of York, VA
 
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[Ord. No. 03-19, 6-17-2003; Ord. No. 06-7, 6-27-2006]
(a) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, possess, board or harbor any cat or dog over the age of four months within the County, unless such cat or dog has been inoculated against rabies by a currently licensed veterinarian or by a licensed veterinarian technician who was under the immediate and direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian on the premises, and the term of effectiveness of such inoculation has not expired.
(b) 
Any person bringing a cat or dog into the County from another jurisdiction shall conform to this section within 10 days after bringing such cat or dog into the County.
(c) 
At the time of inoculation as required by this section, a certificate of inoculation shall be issued to the owner. Such certificate shall at a minimum show the signature of the veterinarian, the animal owner's name and address, the species of the animal, the sex, the age, the color, the primary breed, the secondary breed, whether or not the animal is spayed or neutered, the vaccination number, the expiration date, and the locality in which the owner resides.
(d) 
A violation of any provision of this section shall be punished by imposition of a civil penalty as is set out in § 1-10 of this Code.
Every person having knowledge of the existence of an animal apparently afflicted with rabies shall report immediately to the health department the existence of such animal, the place where seen, the owner's name, if known, and the symptoms suggesting rabies.
[Ord. No. 03-19, 6-17-2003]
When there is a sufficient reason to believe that a rabid animal is at-large, the board of supervisors shall have the power to pass an emergency ordinance, that shall become effective immediately upon passage, requiring owners of all dogs and cats in the County to keep the same confined on their premises, unless leashed under restraint of the owner in such a manner that persons or animals will not be subject to the danger of being bitten thereby. Any such emergency ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be operative for a period not to exceed 30 days, unless renewed by the board of supervisors. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate the provisions of any such ordinance.
[Ord. No. 03-19, 6-17-2003]
Any dog or cat found within the County showing active signs of rabies or suspected of having rabies shall be forthwith taken into custody by the animal control officer or other officer and confined under competent observation for such time as may be necessary to determine a diagnosis. If confinement is impossible or impracticable, such dog or cat shall be euthanized by one of the methods approved by the state veterinarian.
[Ord. No. 03-19, 6-17-2003; Ord. No. 09-2, 2-17-2009]
Any dog or cat for which no proof of current rabies vaccination is available, and which is exposed to rabies through a bite, or through saliva or central nervous system tissue, in a fresh open wound or mucous membrane, by an animal believed to be afflicted with rabies, shall be confined in a pound, kennel or enclosure approved by the health department for a period not to exceed six months at the expense of the owner; however, if this is not feasible, the dog or cat shall be euthanized by one of the methods approved by the state veterinarian. A rabies vaccination shall be administered prior to release. Inactivated rabies vaccine may be administered at the beginning of confinement. Any dog or cat so bitten, or exposed to rabies through saliva or central nervous system tissue, in a fresh open wound or mucous membrane, with proof of a valid rabies vaccination shall be revaccinated immediately following the bite and shall be confined to the premises of the owner, or other site as may be approved by the local health department, for a period of 45 days.
[Ord. No. 03-19, 6-17-2003; Ord. No. 09-2, 2-17-2009]
(a) 
The owner or keeper of any animal that has bitten any person shall immediately confine it in a substantial and satisfactory enclosure, meeting the approval of the health director, and he shall forthwith notify the animal control officer or the health officer, giving the name and address of the person bitten, if known to him, and the location of the confined animal. At the discretion of the director of the health department, such animal shall be quarantined under the observation of the health director and the animal control officer for a period of 10 days, unless the animal develops active symptoms of rabies or expires before that time, during which time of confinement it shall not be permitted to leave the enclosure. At the end of such quarantine period, the animal control officer may permit the animal to be released from confinement if, in his opinion, it is not vicious, provided the court has not ruled upon the question to the contrary.
(b) 
Notwithstanding the above provisions, a seriously injured or sick animal may be humanely euthanized by one of the methods approved by the state veterinarian and its head sent to the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services of the Department of General Services or the local health department for evaluation.
[Ord. No. 09-2, 2-17-2009]
(a) 
When any animal other than a dog or cat exposes or may have exposed a person to rabies through a bite, or through saliva or central nervous system tissue in a fresh open wound or mucous membrane, that animal shall be confined at the discretion of a local health director in a manner approved by the health department or humanely euthanized by a method approved by the state veterinarian and its head sent to the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services of the Department of General Services or the local health department for evaluation.
(b) 
When any animal other than a dog or cat is exposed to rabies through a bite, or through saliva or central nervous system tissue in a fresh wound or mucous membrane by an animal believed to be afflicted with rabies, that newly exposed animal shall be confined at the discretion of a local health director in a manner approved by the health department or humanely euthanized by a method approved by the state veterinarian.
It shall be unlawful for any person to conceal or harbor any dog or other animal to keep the same from being destroyed or confined in accord with this article.