Changes offered for rabies quarantine

A public hearing will be held next month on Maui for the state Department of Agriculture to receive input on proposed administrative rule amendments for its rabies quarantine program for dogs, cats and other carnivores, according to an announcement.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 4 in the Department of Agriculture conference room at 635 Mua St. in Kahului.

Among the proposed rule changes is a proposal to reduce the minimum quarantine time required from 90 to 30 days from the most recently administered rabies vaccine before arrival and from 120 to 30 days after a successful rabies virus antibody test.

Another proposed change is to amend “service dog” to “service animal” to reflect current federal Americans with Disabilities Act language.

Copies of proposed rules are available on the department’s website at www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/Info/proposedrules.

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