Laws

 

There are many Acts, Regulations, and by-laws that relate to rabies control and rabies investigations.

 In Ontario, these include:

2. (1) A physician, registered nurse in the extended class, veterinarian, police officer or any other person who has information concerning either or both of the following shall, as soon as possible, notify the medical officer of health and provide the medical officer of health with the information, including the name and contact information of the exposed person:

1. Any bite from a mammal.

2. Any contact with a mammal that is conducive to the potential transmission of rabies to persons. O. Reg. 501/17, s. 1.

 

    (2) The owner or the person having the care and custody of an animal,

(a) that has bitten or is suspected of having bitten a person; or

(b) that is suspected by the medical officer of health of having rabies, shall provide the medical officer of health with such information and assistance with respect to the animal as the medical officer of health requires.  R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 557, s. 2 (2).

 

Local municipalities or townships may also have by-laws with regards to animal care and control. Contact the correct office to ask about any by-laws that may be in place.

 

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