[Adopted 9-27-2005 by L.L. No. 27-2005 (Ch. 216, Art. II, of the 1985 Code)]
This Legislature hereby finds that many diseases that affect dogs and cats are highly contagious and the chances of transmitting such diseases are greatly increased when dogs and cats are housed in boarding kennels.
This Legislature also finds that vaccinations are an important part of preventing diseases among dogs and cats. By requiring dog and cat owners to provide proof of vaccination for certain common diseases before such animals are placed in boarding kennels, Suffolk County can lower the incidence of preventable diseases and help improve the health of these animals.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is to prevent the spread of disease in the domestic animal population by regulating boarding kennels, businesses and establishments.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BOARDING KENNEL, BUSINESS OR ESTABLISHMENT
- Any facility other than an animal shelter where ownership of the animal is not transferred and such animals are sheltered, harbored or maintained in return for a fee.
- The Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
- The Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
No dog shall be accepted at a boarding kennel, business or establishment unless the owner of such animal provides to such facility a current health certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating that such animal has been vaccinated against rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvo and coma viruses within the previous one year, unless the vaccine is an approved three-year vaccination as certified by the veterinarian, and against bordetella during the previous six months; provided that an owner of a dog may provide a written recommendation from a veterinarian exempting the dog of such owner from receiving a vaccination for distemper due to medical considerations.
No cat shall be accepted at a boarding kennel, business or establishment unless the owner of such animal provides to such facility a current health certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating that such animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the previous one year, unless the rabies vaccine is an approved three-year vaccination as certified by the veterinarian, and against panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calisi and chlamydia psittaci within the previous one year.
Every boarding kennel, business or establishment shall maintain, and make available for inspection, records for each dog and cat utilizing such facility, for a period of 12 months from the last day of such utilization, indicating the owner's name, address, telephone number and emergency contact; the animal's duration of stay; services provided; and proof of vaccinations.
The Department shall conduct an inspection of the records of each boarding kennel, business or establishment not less than once every 12 months to determine such facility's compliance with the provisions of this article.
The Department shall promulgate such rules and regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate for the implementation and enforcement of any provisions of this article.
Any owner or operator of a boarding kennel, business or establishment that violates any provision of this article shall be liable for a civil penalty of $250 for each violation.
This article shall be enforced by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in accordance with the provisions of Article II, § 760-200 et seq., of the Suffolk County Sanitary Code.
This article shall apply to actions occurring on or after the effective date of this article.