Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[Adopted 2-4-1975 by Ord. No. 1439 as Ch. BH-X of the 1974 Revised General Ordinances]
Whenever any animal shall be bitten by any animal infected or suspected of being infected with rabies, the owner or person in charge of the animal so bitten shall, accordingly as the Board of Health may order, either have such animal destroyed or have it isolated, in a manner approved by the Board of Health, for a period of six (6) months.
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Whenever a dog, cat or other animal shall have bitten any person, the owner or person in charge thereof shall securely confine such animal for the purpose of observation in such a manner and for such period as may be designated by the Health Officer.
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No person shall destroy, sell, move or otherwise dispose of any animal under observation as herein provided without a permit from the Board of Health.
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Inoculation required. No person shall own or harbor any dog within the township which is not inoculated against rabies, provided that dogs which have not attained the age of seven (7) months or which do not possess a permanent set of teeth shall not be required to be inoculated. It is further provided that any dog may be exempt from the requirements of such inoculation for a specific period of time by the Board of Health upon presentation of a certificate from a veterinarian stating that because of infirmity or other physical condition, the inoculation of the dog for the specified period of time shall be inadvisable.
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Certificate and tag. Any person who owns, keeps or harbors a dog shall procure for and cause to be securely fastened on the collar or harness of the dog a suitable tag and shall obtain a certificate indicating that the dog has been inoculated against rabies and the year of inoculation. The inoculation shall be made by a duly licensed veterinarian of the State of New Jersey or any other person permitted by law and approved by the Board of Health. The vaccine used shall be of a type approved by the United States Bureau of Animal Industry and the United States Public Health Service.
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Exceptions. This Article shall not apply to dogs in duly licensed kennels, veterinarian hospitals, pet shops, dogs in transit or dogs brought into the township temporarily for the sole purpose of showing in dog shows or exhibitions.