Main Rabies Law – News

From Kris Christine:

Greetings All!

I’ve just returned from the Maine Agriculture Committee’s work session on Section 7 of LD 2171, the proposed legislation which would have amended the Animal Welfare law to require that puppies be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months instead of at 6 months as the law currently stands.

The official word from the Co-Chair of the Committee, Representative Wendy Pieh, was:  “Your testimony plus the followup that we have all received has made the decision that the rabies vaccination time will NOT be changed.”

“The followup” that the committee members received was SEVERAL HUNDRED E-MAILS in opposition to the amendment — they were swamped!!   The response was so overwhelming that even the Director of Animal Welfare, Norma Worley, who wrote and pushed the amendment requested that it be deleted!
MANY, MANY THANKS for responding to the action alert!  Contacting the committee made a huge difference in the lives of Maine dogs, and the law will not be changed as a result!



Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee

1 Comment

  1. Dear Dr. Jeannie,

    I recently moved from Hollywood, FL to St. Louis (city), MO. I am horrified today after my first visit to a vet in St. Louis. In Florida, my chihuahua had her vaccinations waived due to her medical history. She received all her puppy vaccinations (including rabies) 6 years ago, but subsequently due to a liver shunt, seizures, food and drug allergies, hypoglycemia, and hypothyroid, has never had another vaccine since. The Florida vet that first waived her rabies vaccine is a very, conservative, traditional vet in practice for over 35 years. Yet, when her seizures started after her liver shunt surgery, he told me that he would not vaccinate her because it could kill her.

    6 years later, I am proud to say that she is doing very well, but must take a thyroid pill daily and eat 3 times a day to control her blood sugar. She just was weaned successfully off of seizure medicine in May of this year after taking it for 5 years. She is also handicapped (must use a ramp) due to muscle weakness (cause unknown) and has mild hydrocephalus and neurological problems.

    The Missouri vet told me today that although he will leave it to my choice regarding the rabies vaccine, the ordinance here in the city of St. Louis dictates that my dog could be seized and put to sleep if there was an outbreak of rabies and she was not current on her vaccine. He said that they would take her and put her down – period – with no other option.

    I am horrified. At this point, I am not going to consent to a vaccine and feel like they would have to kill me before I would let them take her. Of course, with her history, she is an inside, sheltered dog and it would be very unlikely that she would be exposed to rabies. However, the Missouri vet said that the rabies problem in St. Louis comes from bats and they can get inside a house.

    I just wanted to make a comment. I feel sick about this. Sorry, but I want to be anonymous too. And I have a dog that has to see a vet because of her thyroid medicine.

    Please keep of the good work. I have just looked at the web site for challenging the rabies vaccination. Cities and states must make provisions for sick animals. (P.S. I am familiar with Dr. Jean Dodd because I used the liver cleansing diet when my dog was healing from the liver shunt surgery.)

    Signed – Sick in St. Louis, MO

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