Notice of proposed board of health rule regarding rabies control

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has issued new guidelines regarding rabies control measures. The Rutherford Polk McDowell District Board of Health proposes to adopt a new rule that will incorporate these measures in Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties. 

The new control measures will likely result in fewer dogs and cats euthanized, shorter quarantine periods (four months rather than six months) and allow for more 45 day owner (at-home) observations for lapsed animals with benefits to animal owners.

These control measures will maintain the safety of public health in North Carolina. The Rutherford Polk McDowell District Board of Health intends to adopt this rule at its meeting on Nov. 15, at 6:45 p.m. in the Polk County Health Department conference room, 161 Walker St., Columbus. 

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Copies of the proposed rule are available in the office of the county clerk in Rutherford, Polk and McDowell counties and at the health department in each county.

– article submitted by Karen Powell