Article III
Section 301.        Quarantines
Section 302.        Seizure and Detention of Dogs, Costs, Destruction of Dogs
Section 304.        Dogs In Heat, Confinement Thereof
Section 305.        Confinement Of Dogs
Section 401.        Interference With Police Officer Or State Dog Warden
Duties of State Dog Warden
Failure to Produce A License Certificate
Article V-A
Section 501.        Killing Dogs, Dogs As Nuisances
Section 502.        Dog Bites, Detention, and Isolation of Dogs
Section 502A.      Registration
Section 503A.      Requirements
Section 504A       Control Of Dangerous Dogs
Section 505A.      Public Safety and Penalties
Section 506A.      State Registry
Section 507A       Construction of Article
Article VI
Section 601.        Theft, Poison, Abandonment Of Animals by Owner
Section 602.        Dogs Used for Law Enforcement
Article VIII
Section 801.        False Statements
The Dog Purchaser Protection Act
The Puppy Lemon Law-Act27 of 1997
Rabies Quick Reference Guide for Veterinary Practices
General

•     Rabies in humans is a preventable disease if exposure is recognized and prophylaxis is
begun   in a timely manner.
•     Exposure to rabies may be by a mucous membrane (eye, nose, mouth) contacting
saliva from a rabid animal, by a break in the skin or an open wound contacting saliva from a
rabid animal, or by a bite wound from a rabid animal.
•      If there is any concern of human exposure to rabies, err on the side of safety. Test every
animal that is euthanized when rabies is a potential differential diagnosis and there has
been possible human exposure.
•      Bats continue to be the number one cause of human rabies cases. The Centers for
Disease Control now recommends that every bat found inside a building or home be tested
for rabies if there was possible human contact.

Human Exposure

•     If there has been human exposure and the domestic animal is suspected of having  
rabies:
1)    Immediately euthanize and submit specimen for testing.
2)    Notify the county Department of Health office.
3)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office.

•     If there has been human exposure but the domestic animal is not suspected of having
rabies:
1)    Regardless of the vaccination status, it must be quarantined for a 10 day period.
2)    Notify the county Department of Health office.
3)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office."
4)    Do not vaccinate the animal until the ten day period has elapsed.
5)    If the animal is euthanized or dies within the 10 day period, it must be tested for rabies

•     If there has been human exposure caused by a wild animal:
1)    Regardless of whether the wild animal is suspected of having rabies, it must be
immediately      euthanized and submitted for rabies testing.
2)    Notify the county Department of Health office.
3)    Notify the PA Game Commission.

•      If there has been human exposure but the animal is not available for observation or
testing:
1)    Notify the county Department of Health office &Animal Exposure

•     If a currently vaccinated animal is suspected of being exposed to rabies:
1)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office.
2)    A 90-day quarantine is imposed by the Department of Agriculture.
3)    Post-exposure prophylaxis is an option.

•     If an expired vaccinate is suspected of being exposed to rabies:
1)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office.
2)    A 180-day quarantine is imposed by the Department of Agriculture.
3)    Post-exposure prophylaxis is an option.

•     If an unvaccinated animal is suspected of being exposed to rabies:
1)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office,
2)    Euthanasia is strongly recommended by the Department of Agriculture.
3)    A 180-day quarantine is imposed if the animal is not euthanized.
4)    Post-exposure prophylaxis is an option.

•     If a domestic animal is found with_ bite wounds of unknown origin:
1)    Notify the regional Department of Agriculture office.
2)    Assume exposure to rabies has occurred.  

Wildlife Incidents

•     The PA Game Commission has primary responsibility for euthanizing and submitting
wildlife for testing in cases of potential human or domestic animal exposure to rabies.
•     Veterinarians may euthanize and submit wildlife for testing in cases of potential human
or domestic animal exposure to rabies.
Article IV
Delaware County Animal Control
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Pennsylvania State Dog Law
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