Friday, May 12, 2006

A Drastic Measure to Prevent Rabies

A new rule in Wyoming would euthanize any unvaccinated cat, dog, or ferret if it bites or scratches a human. Under the previous rule, animals were quarantined for 10 days to ensure they did not have rabies.

The new rule is to encourage pet owners to vaccinate their pets. Most states have a law that requires pets to be vaccinated. Wyoming doe not. In Maryland, all dogs, cats, and ferrets (over four months of age) are required to have current rabies vaccinations.

However, Wyoming does not have a rabies problem. There have been no fully developed cases of rabies in humans in Wyoming. Is the law too drastic?

Read article in Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

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