§19-9-21. Animals entering state without health certificate.
It shall be the duty of the owner or owners of any domestic
animal, which is to enter this state without a certificate of
health, to notify the commissioner in writing stating when, where
and how the animal is to be brought into this state. Such notice
must reach the commissioner before the animal arrives at the
point of destination. Any animal entering the state without a
certificate of health may be placed in quarantine by the
commissioner under such rules and regulations as he may approve,
and held therein at the expense of the owner, and if such animal
is found infected with any communicable disease, it shall, at the
option of the owner, be killed, without compensation to the
owner, or continued in quarantine at the expense of the owner.
The expenses incurred in providing such animal or animals with
proper quarters, food and water may be recovered by the
commissioner from the owner in a suit in the name of the state,
as other debts are by law collectible. It shall be unlawful to
remove any such domestic animal from quarantine unless it shall
have passed a satisfactory examination, and the tuberculin test
in the case of bovine animals for dairy or breeding purposes, and
unless the charge for the quarters, feed, water and attendance
have been paid to the person entitled thereto.