July 10, 2007
Veterinarians are being urged to deny rabies vaccinations to dog owners that object to a new law that requires vets to send a copy of new rabies vaccination certificates to the local treasurer's office.
The law took effect July 1st and is intended to improve compliance with a dog licensing law that has been on the books for more than three decades.
Governor Kaine who vigorously opposed the law when it passed in 2006 said that refusing to give rabies shots could worsen a public health crisis.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, the state has had 377 confirmed cases of rabies this year, up from 325 cases at this time a year ago.