Lawmakers vote to require rabies vaccines for pets

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 8:15 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have given final approval to legislation requiring pet owners to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies.

Senators backed the legislation in a 26-3 vote Thursday. The House approved the measure earlier this month, so it now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The legislation does not penalize people who don't have their pets vaccinated. But if that cat or dog bites someone, its owner would have to produce documents showing the animal was vaccinated.

Owners who don't have those documents would have to surrender their pet to authorities, such as the police or a veterinarian. A veterinarian would then examine the animal and determine whether the animal should be euthanized.


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