Chapter 6.20
RABIES CONTROL

Sections:

6.20.010    Immunization required.

6.20.020    Rabies certificate.

6.20.030    Fraudulent certificates prohibited.

6.20.040    Reporting animal bites.

6.20.050    Quarantine of animals.

6.20.060    Handling rabies cases.

6.20.070    Disposition of rabid animals.

6.20.080    Areawide quarantine.

6.20.010 Immunization required.

Each dog and cat over the age of four months, or if younger and medically capable of being immunized, shall be immunized against rabies, and a rabies certificate reflecting such immunization shall be obtained and retained by the owner. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.005.]

6.20.020 Rabies certificate.

A rabies certificate shall contain the following information:

(a)    The name and address of the animal’s owner;

(b)    The age, sex, breed, color and name of the animal;

(c)    The date of immunization;

(d)    The type and effective duration of the immunization; and

(e)    The full name and signature of the veterinarian issuing the certificate. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.010.]

6.20.030 Fraudulent certificates prohibited.

(a)    No person shall fraudulently procure, issue, use or allow the use of a rabies certificate.

(b)    No person shall use, attempt to use, or allow the use of, a rabies certificate for an animal other than the animal for which the certificate was issued. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.015.]

6.20.040 Reporting animal bites.

The owner or responsible person of any animal that bites a human being shall report such occurrence, and shall, to the best of his/her ability, make the animal available for inspection and quarantine to an animal protection officer as soon as such occurrence becomes known to the owner or responsible person. They shall also provide such further information as requested by the animal protection officer. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.020.]

6.20.050 Quarantine of animals.

(a)    Any domestic animal that bites a human being shall be “quarantined” or placed “under observation” at the expense of the owner or responsible party at either the borough animal shelter or a licensed veterinary facility for a period of not less than 10 days. Upon request of the owner, and with payment of associated fee for alternate quarantine, the director of animal protection may authorize an alternate location, which may include the owner’s home, for quarantine if the director determines that the animal does not pose a material risk to the public and the proposed location is adequate to isolate the animal from other animals and the public. The director, who has sole discretion, shall consider the following:

(1)    Whether the animal has proof of rabies vaccination; and

(2)    The history of complaints or convictions for violations of this title by the owner or involving the animal; and

(3)    The health needs of the animal and/or the owner; and

(4)    Whether the animal has been declared potentially dangerous; and

(5)    The severity of the bite.

(b)    Any animal under quarantine or placed under observation found to be at large or capable of coming into contact with other animals or humans, not in accordance with this section, shall be surrendered to and may be impounded by any animal protection officer for the duration of the quarantine period at the full cost of a 10-day quarantine. There will be no refund of the alternate quarantine charge. [Ord. No. 1874, §4, 12-17-18; Ord. No. 1221, §5, 6-17-02; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.025.]

6.20.060 Handling rabies cases.

(a)    Every person shall report to the department of animal protection any suspected or positively diagnosed occurrence of rabies and any biting by any suspected or confirmed rabid animal.

(b)    A person shall not kill any suspected or confirmed rabid animal except with the prior written consent of the director of animal protection or in defense of a human being or other animal or to prevent the escape of such suspected or confirmed rabid animal.

(c)    Only an animal protection officer or person authorized by an animal protection officer may remove the carcass of any suspected or confirmed rabid animal from the location where the animal was killed or found. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.035.]

6.20.070 Disposition of rabid animals.

All animals suspected or confirmed as having rabies shall be impounded by an animal protection officer and shall be handled in accordance with regulations, procedures, policies or directives promulgated, adopted or issued by the Commissioner of Natural Resources pursuant to AS 3.05.090 et seq., or by the Commissioner of Health and Social Services pursuant to AS 18.05.040, or in a manner otherwise provided by law. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.040.]

6.20.080 Areawide quarantine.

When there has been a positive diagnosis of rabies within the borough, the director of animal protection may declare an areawide quarantine for a reasonable period of time not to exceed six months. During the period of such quarantine, every owner shall confine his or her animal within the premises of the owner or responsible person and shall not transport, take, or remove his or her animal from the borough without the prior written consent of the director of animal protection. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.50.045.]