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Chapter 19     Entire Code
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Chapter 19  |  Article 19 - 20A  |  Section 6

1 - DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

1A - DIVISION OF FORESTRY

1B - SEDIMENT CONTROL DURING COMMER

1C - CARE OF LIVESTOCK

2 - MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

2A - PUBLIC MARKETS

2B - INSPECTION OF MEAT AND POULTRY

2C - AUCTIONEERS

2D - IMITATION HONEY PRODUCT LAW

2E - HUMANE SLAUGHTER OF LIVESTOCK

2F - BEEF INDUSTRY SELF-IMPROVEMENT

2G - TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY SELF-IMPRO

3 - SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS BY COMMIS

4 - COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS

5 - GRADING AND PACKING OF FRUITS A

5A - CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE STORAGE

6 - DEMONSTRATION PACKINGHOUSES AND

7 - STATE AID FOR FAIRS

8 - COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORKERS

9 - DISEASES AMONG DOMESTIC ANIMALS

9A - FEEDING OF UNTREATED GARBAGE T

10 - MALE BREEDING ANIMALS

10A - THE WEST VIRGINIA EGG MARKET

10B - LIVESTOCK DEALER'S LICENSING

11 - BULK MILK TRADE LAW

11A - DAIRY PRODUCTS AND IMITATION

11B - FROZEN DESSERTS AND IMITATIO

11C - SOUTHERN DAIRY COMPACT

11D - TRADITIONAL CHEESE PRODUCTIO

12 - INSECT PESTS, PLANT DISEASES

12A - LAND DIVISION

12B - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON PEST C

12C - INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE ON PES

12D - WEST VIRGINIA NOXIOUS WEED A

12E - INDUSTRIAL HEMP DEVELOPMENT

13 - INSPECTION AND PROTECTION OF

14 - WEST VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL FEED

15 - WEST VIRGINIA FERTILIZER LAW

15A - WEST VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL L

16 - WEST VIRGINIA SEED LAW

16A - WEST VIRGINIA PESTICIDE CONT

16B - WEST VIRGINIA PESTICIDE USE

17 - FENCES

18 - GENERAL STOCK LAW

19 - PRESERVATION OF AGRICULTURAL

20 - DOGS AND CATS

20A - VACCINATION OF DOGS AND CATS
    19 - 20 A- 1
    19 - 20 A- 2
    19 - 20 A- 3
    19 - 20 A- 4
    19 - 20 A- 5
    19 - 20 A- 6
    19 - 20 A- 7
    19 - 20 A- 8

20B - SPAYING OR NEUTERING OF DOGS

20C - WEST VIRGINIA SPAY NEUTER AS

21 - DRAINAGE DISTRICTS

21A - CONSERVATION DISTRICTS

21B - WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT DISTRI

22 - VINEGARS

23 - HORSE AND DOG RACING

24 - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON LICENSU

25 - LIMITING LIABILITY OF LANDOWN

26 - GENERAL JOHN MCCAUSLAND MEMOR

27 - WEST VIRGINIA STATE FARM MUSE

28 - VITAMIN AND MINERAL ENRICHMEN

29 - PRODUCTION OF NONTRADITIONAL

30 - DONATED FOOD

31 - GUS R DOUGLASS AGRICULTURAL C

32 - AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT

33 - EQUINE RESCUE FACILITIES ACT

WVC 19 - CHAPTER 19. AGRICULTURE.
WVC 19 - 20 A- ARTICLE 20A. VACCINATION OF DOGS AND CATS FOR RABIES.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 1 §19-20A-1. Purpose and policy.


The purpose of this article is to establish a rabies vaccination procedure for dogs and cats and to check the spread of rabies for the immediate preservation of life, health and safety for the reason that rabies is spreading among dogs and cats, and becoming a menace and danger to people, livestock, poultry and game, and the provisions herein are designated to prevent the spread of rabies.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 2 §19-20A-2. Vaccination of dogs and cats.
(a) A person who owns, obtains or possesses a dog or cat within the State of West Virginia shall have the dog or cat properly vaccinated against rabies with a vaccine capable of producing immunity for three years, boostered one year after initial vaccination and every third year thereafter. Dogs and cats need not be vaccinated before the age of three months, but must be vaccinated by the age of six months.

(b) Dogs and cats over six months of age entering the State of West Virginia must have been vaccinated for rabies as set forth in subsection (a) of this section prior to entry.

(c) A dog or cat may be vaccinated by any licensed veterinarian or his or her assistant. If there is no licensed veterinarian practicing in the county, a qualified person may be appointed by the county health department to administer vaccinations.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 3 §19-20A-3. Vaccination record and report.

Whoever vaccinates or revaccinates a dog or cat against rabies shall keep a record of such vaccination or revaccination, and on or before the first day of each calendar month thereafter, shall mail to or deliver to the county clerk of the county where the vaccination takes place a report of such vaccination or revaccination which shall include a number identifying the individual record of the dog or cat vaccinated, a complete description of the dog or cat, place where the dog or cat is kept or harbored, name of the owner, keeper or harborer, his or her address, date and type of vaccination or revaccination and such other information as may be required by the county health department or the county commission over the signature of the person reporting.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 4 §19-20A-4. Vaccination tag and certificate.

Each person vaccinating a dog or cat for rabies shall provide a "certificate of rabies vaccination" which shall contain the following information:

(a) Name of the county where the owner of the animal resides;

(b) Vaccination tag number;

(c) Identification of the animal by color, weight, breed, age and sex;

(d) Name, address and telephone number of the owner;

(e) Type of vaccine, the manufacturer of the vaccine and the serial number;

(f) Date of the vaccination;

(g) Identification of the veterinarian, doctor of medicine or person administering the vaccination;

(h) Such other information as the commissioner of agriculture may require.

The owner of the animal shall retain the original certificate of vaccination in his or her records. Copies of the certificate or a computer printout that contains the information required above shall be filed with the person administering the vaccination and the clerk of the county commission in the county where the owner of the animal resides.

Tags to be furnished by the county commission shall be of a distinctive and easily recognized color, and shall have thereon engraved, or stamped, the year of vaccination and the number indicating the record above described. Such tag shall be securely fastened to the collar worn by the dog and shall be given to the owner by the veterinarian, the doctor of medicine or the person vaccinating the dog or cat at the time of vaccination.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 5 §19-20A-5. Type of vaccine to be furnished; fee.
It is the duty of the veterinarian, or person vaccinating each animal to furnish vaccine of a type capable of establishing and maintaining immunity for a period of not less than thirty-six months and he or she shall charge and collect a fee of not more than $8 for each animal vaccinated, if done at a clinic established by a county commission or, if vaccinated at any other place, he or she shall charge and collect a reasonable fee for his or her services.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 6 §19-20A-6. Offenses and penalties.

Whoever owns, keeps or harbors a dog or cat and fails to have such dog or cat vaccinated or revaccinated against rabies, and whoever vaccinates a dog or cat against rabies and fails or refuses to keep and report the required record of such vaccination, or fails or refuses to provide the required tag, or whoever obstructs or interferes in any way with the enforcement of any section of this article shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than ten dollars nor more than fifty dollars, or be confined in the county jail not less than ten days nor more than sixty days, or both.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 7 §19-20A-7. Enforcement of article.
The enforcement of the provisions of this article is in the hands of the sheriff of each county, any of his or her deputies, constables, natural resources police officers, and, if considered necessary, there shall be a special officer to be appointed by the county commission, who is authorized, empowered, and directed to inspect rabies, pick up dogs and cats and dispose of dogs which are not taxable or not vaccinated according to this article. The sheriff of each county can have one or more sittings, if considered necessary, in each district of the county, at which he or she shall be present or have present one of his or her deputies or the special officer above provided for, to take charge of all delinquent dogs and cats and homeless dogs and cats that are not vaccinated. The assessor of each county, or one of his or her deputies, shall accompany the veterinarian, doctor, or the one who administers the vaccine in these sittings for the purpose of collecting taxes on dogs. All dogs which are not vaccinated and for which taxes are unpaid become the responsibility of the sheriff to catch and dispose of as is provided by law.

WVC 19 - 20 A- 8 §19-20A-8. Vaccinated dogs and cats may run at large; confinement may be required by the commissioner of agriculture within the limits of any quarantine area or locality; and ordinances or rules may be promulgated by any county commission or municipality relating to the control and management of dogs within the county; providing limited exemption for hunting and farm dogs from county commission or municipality action.
Dogs or cats vaccinated in compliance with the provisions of this article may run at large in any area or locality: Provided, That the commissioner of agriculture may, pursuant to article nine of this chapter, exercise his discretion to establish a quarantined area or locality and to require all dogs and cats within the limits of any quarantined area or locality to be confined as provided in article nine: Provided, however, That a county commission or a municipality may adopt and enforce ordinances not inconsistent with the provisions of article twenty of this chapter of the code, as it considers necessary or convenient for the control and management of all dogs in the county, or a portion thereof, vaccinated or not, except as further provided herein: Provided further, That any county commission or municipality may not adopt any ordinance which purports to keep any vaccinated dog from running at large while engaged in any lawful hunting activity; from running at large while engaged in any lawful training activity; or from running at large while engaged in any lawful herding or other farm related activity: And provided further, That the provisions of this section shall not exempt any dog from any quarantine established by or any confinement order required by the commissioner relating to the establishment of a quarantine.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§19 - 1 - 11 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 350
PASSED - Regular Session

SB350 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program
§19 - 1 A- 3 B - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 353
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SB353 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
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§19 - 1 B- 12 - (Repealed Code)
§19 - 1 B- 12 A - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 357
PASSED - Regular Session

sb357 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to Logging Sediment Control Act civil and criminal penalties
§19 - 21 A- 4 A - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 365
PASSED - Regular Session

SB365 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Relating to administration of Conservation Agency programs
§19 - 1 - 11 - (New Code)
SENATE BILL - 469
PASSED - Regular Session

SB469 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Creating Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program
§19 - 1 - 4 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 523
PASSED - Regular Session

SB523 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 07/01/2014)
Providing for additional state veterans skilled nursing facility in Beckley
§19 - 1 A- 3 A - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 535
PASSED - Regular Session

SB535 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Clarifying definition of "ginseng"
§19 - 20 D- 1 - (New Code)
§19 - 20 D- 2 - (New Code)
§19 - 20 D- 3 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 2757
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2757 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Private cause of action for the humane destruction of a dog
§19 - 12 E- 5 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 12 E- 9 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 3011
PASSED - Regular Session

HB3011 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Removing the provision that requires an applicant to meet federal requirements concerning the production, distribution and sale of industrial hemp prior to being licensed
§19 - 34 - 1 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 2 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 3 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 4 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 5 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 6 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 7 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 8 - (New Code)
§19 - 34 - 9 - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4393
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4393 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Creating the Dangerous Wild Animals Act
§19 - 2 C- 1 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 3 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 3 A - (New Code)
§19 - 2 C- 3 B - (New Code)
§19 - 2 C- 5 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 5 A - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 6 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 6 B - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 8 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 9 - (Amended Code)
§19 - 2 C- 9 A - (New Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4410
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4410 ENR SUB  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Redefining auctioneer exceptions
§19 - 4 - 6 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4488
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4488 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Eliminating the requirement for notarization of the articles of incorporation for cooperative associations
§19 - 12 A- 6 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 104
PASSED - 1st Special Session

hb104 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2014)
Increasing the annual cap for collections into the Land Division special revenue account of the Department of Agriculture
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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