Rabies Laws of Brevard County

To license your pet in Brevard County go to the Animal Services web site for detailed information.

These laws are also available on the Brevard County Animal Services web site.

Sec. 14-54. Rabies vaccination certificates and animal license tags.

(a) The owner of a ferret, dog or cat in the county that is vaccinated against rabies shall obtain a rabies vaccination certificate. The owner shall obtain an animal license tag for each dog or cat annually.

(b) It is a violation of this article for the owner of a ferret, dog or cat to refuse or fail to obtain a rabies vaccination certificate and animal license tag for the animal as provided by this section.

(c) All veterinarians in the county shall provide the Animal Services and Enforcement Department a copy of each and every rabies vaccination certificate issued. Veterinarians shall display, in a conspicuous place that can be seen and easily read by all customers, a sign indicating that Brevard County License Tags are required and indicate where they can be purchased.

(d) A rabies vaccination certificate or animal license tag are not required if the owner of the ferret, dog or cat has not resided in the county for more than 28 days in the previous 12 month period.

(e) The Animal Services and Enforcement Director shall approve the form, content and design of the rabies vaccination certificate and animal license tag. No other animal license tag shall be valid in the county.

(f) By resolution, the Board shall establish and may change fees to be charged for issuance of license certificates and license tags.

(g) Any resident of the county who owns or keeps a service animal especially trained for such purpose, and which is being used to assist disabled person, as defined under the Americans Disabilities Act, may obtain an animal license tag, when applicable, at no charge.

(h) A rabies vaccination certificate and animal license tag shall be issued by:

(1) The Animal Services and Enforcement Director or designee; or

(2) Any licensed veterinarian who administers the rabies vaccination and who has been authorized by the County to collect the fee for such animal license tag.

(i) The rabies vaccination certificate shall be signed by the licensed veterinarian administering the rabies vaccination, and shall list the date of the rabies vaccination, the type of vaccine, information identifying the owner’s name, address, and telephone number, and describing the ferret, dog or cat. An identification number shall be printed on the rabies vaccination certificate and shall correspond to the same number on the animal license tag, if required.

(j) If an animal license tag is lost or destroyed, the animal owner shall obtain a replacement animal license tag. The replacement animal license tag may be issued to the owner upon presentation of the corresponding license certificate and payment of the applicable fee.

(k) The license tag shall be attached to the collar or harness of the dog or cat and shall be worn at all times, except when such animal is confined for treatment in a veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a licensed veterinarian, or while competing in organized animal show, trial or training therefore.

(l) It is a violation of this article for the owner of a dog or cat to permit or allow the dog or ca to be without a physically attached animal license tag as required by this section.

(m) An animal license tag shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance.

(n) It is a violation of this article for the owner of a dog or cat to permit or allow the dog or cat to wear an animal license tag that has expired.

(o) A rabies vaccination certificate or animal license tag issued for one dog or cat is not valid for any other animal, and it is a violation of this article for the owner to intentionally allow the animal to wear an animal license tag which has not been issued for such dog or cat.

(p) A police dog shall be exempt from wearing an animal license tag while being used by a law enforcement agency.

   

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