Senate Passes Greenleaf’s Bill Providing Exemption from Rabies Vaccines in Cases Where it Could Harm an Animal

For Immediate Release
4/8/13

Today (4/8), the Pennsylvania Senate passed State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s legislation to exempt dogs and cats from rabies vaccines in cases where it would be detrimental to the health of the animal.

Under current law, dog and cat owners must vaccinate against rabies.  However, administering the vaccination to animals with certain health conditions could jeopardize their health.  Pet owners can face up to a $300 fine for failing to vaccinate.

SB 155 would put Pennsylvania in line with 17 other states that have provided exemptions from rabies vaccines.

“This is an important issue for many pet owners around the state who have animals that could be sickened by the rabies vaccine,” said Senator Greenleaf.  “I’m pleased to see the Senate act on this legislation to better ensure the health and safety of animals.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture agrees with the manufacturers of vaccine that it is for healthy animals only.

SB 155 will now be referred to the House of Representatives.

CONTACT:

Aaron Zappia
215-657-7700