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Substance of the Proposed Regulation.

Text of the Proposed Regulation

Text of the Proposed Certificate of Deferral

Text of the Petition

What can you do to support the proposed regulation?


REFERENCE MATERIALS

DH&SS Rabies Vaccination Regulation

Alaska Statute Governing Right to Petition for Adoption of Regulation

CBJ Dog License Ordinance

CBJ Rabies Control Ordinance

 


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PETITION DENIED

The Commissioner of Health and Social Services has denied the petition of Grateful Dogs of Juneau for an amendment to the state rabies control regulations to authorize a temporary deferral of the rabies vaccination requirement for dogs that are too ill to receive the rabies vaccine.

 Click here to view the letter from the commissioner.

Grateful Dogs of Juneau will continue to pursue this issue in the future.


Temporary Deferral of Rabies Vaccination for Medical Conditions

The Grateful Dogs of Juneau has submitted a petition to the Department of Health and Social Services requesting that the department amend its rabies control regulations to authorize a temporary deferral of the rabies vaccination requirement for dogs that are too ill to safely receive the rabies vaccine.

The petition was submitted to the department on March 22, 2010.   The department now has 30 days to either deny the petition or to schedule the proposed regulation for a public hearing.


Substance of the Proposed Regulation.

The petition seeks to amend the current rabies control regulation (7 AAC 27.022) by adding a new paragraph (a)(7) to allow certain dogs to be temporarily exempted from the rabies vaccination requirement for medical reasons. 

  • the deferral from the rabies vaccination requirement would be available only for dogs.

  • in order to receive a temporary deferral the dog must have a medical condition as the result of a disease, illness, or regimen of therapy, or other physical condition for which a rabies vaccination is contraindicated.

  • the deferral would apply only to dogs that receive a certificate of deferral of rabies vaccination.

  • a veterinarian must examine the dog before issuing a certificate.

  • the certificate of deferral of rabies vaccination could be issued only by a veterinarian authorized to practice in Alaska.

  • in order to issue the certificate, the veterinarian must find that the dog has a medical condition as the result of a disease, illness, or regimen of therapy, or other physical condition for which a rabies vaccination is contraindicated.

  • the veterinarian will issue the certificate for the anticipated duration of the medical condition, but not more than one year.

  • the veterinarian must sign the certificate.

  • the owner of the dog must also sign the certificate.

  • the veterinarian must keep the certificate as part of the dog's medical records.

  • the dog's owner must receive a copy of the certificate.

  • upon request, the veterinarian must provide a copy of the certificate to the Department of Health and Social Services or a local animal control agency.


 Click Here to view proposed regulation

 Click Here to view proposed certificate of deferral of rabies vaccination

 Click Here to view the Petition submitted to the Department of Health and Social Services.


 What can you do now to support the proposed regulation?

Right now the Department of Health and Social Services is considering whether to proceed with the proposed regulation and to schedule a public hearing on the proposed regulation.  The department has 30 days to decide whether to proceed with the proposed regulation.

If the department decides to reject the  petition for the proposed regulation, then process is over.

If you think that a temporary deferral of the rabies vaccination requirement for dogs due to the dog's medical condition deserves a public hearing (or even if you don't), then you should contact the department to let them know that this is an important issue to you and that the department needs to address this issue.

Send your letter or email in support of consideration of the proposed regulation to the following address and be sure to describe the proposed regulation that you are talking about.

Bill Hogan, Commissioner

Department of Health and Social Services

P. O. Box 110601

Juneau, AK 99811-0601

 

Email at:  william.hogan@alaska.gov

 

RE:  Petition for Adoption of Regulation Under AS 44.62.220:

Temporary Deferral of Rabies Vaccination Due to Medical Conditions

Your letters in support of the proposed regulation are needed as soon as possible.

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The time to speak about the pros and cons of the proposed regulation will come once the department decides to schedule a public hearing to receive comments about the regulation.  We will have at least 30 days to comment on the proposed regulation at that time.

 

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