Dog Owners Must Keep Pet's Vaccinations Current

By Mike Trim

Dog Owners Must Keep Pet's Vaccinations Current

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 11, 2006 at 9:03 AM EDT

A new rule will take affect on Jan. 15.

Municipal clerks can not issue a dog license for longer than the current rabies vaccination.

So if the certificate shows the dog will be due for a booster within the next licensed year, you have two options.

You can have the dog immunized at the time of renewal.

If you decide to wait, you will have to re-license your dog after it is vaccinated.

There are more than 10,000 licensed dogs in Broome County alone.

"Now when our dog control officers go out to check on license, they only have to check on expiration date, one renewal. So we know if a dog has a valid license, it has a valid rabies vaccine," said Binghamton City Clerk Eric Denk.

New York Public Health law requires counties to offer free rabies clinics at least every four months for rabies vaccinations

For more information about the changes, go to this Department of Agriculture and markets website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us.

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