Sec. 7-127. Health of animals.
(a) It shall be the obligation of every operator or dealer to assure that the health condition of each animal shall be observed daily by a person competent to recognize and evaluate general symptoms of sick or diseased animals, including but not limited to listlessness, unthriftiness, loss of condition, rough hair coat, loss of weight, failure to eat or decreased appetite, diarrhea, eye or nasal discharge, labored or distressed breathing, conjunctivitis, prostration, skin lesions or loss of hair, elevated body temperature, pulse rate and respiration rate.
Any animal that is suspected, believed or known to be sick, diseased, injured, lame or blind shall be provided with immediate and adequate veterinary care; or such animal may be disposed of by humane euthanasia as performed, or instructed by an individual licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The method of humane euthanasia must be approved by the Virginia State Veterinarian except that small rodents, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians may be euthanized by a method recommended by the Humane Society of the United States.
(b) Dogs shall be properly immunized for distemper, hepatitis and leptospirosis as is appropriate with the age of the animal. Cats shall be immunized for feline distemper (panleukopenia, pneumonitis and rhinotracheitis) as is appropriate with the age of the animal. A written record of such immunizations shall be provided to the purchaser at the time of sale.
(c) The pet shop shall provide the purchaser of an animal with written instructions on the care and feeding of the animal purchased.
(d) Any animal that is suspected, believed or known to have, or to exhibit symptoms of having, an infection, disease or illness, or exhibit symptoms of clinical illness due to malnutrition of parasitism, shall not be sold or transferred unless the purchaser is provided written information stating when the animal had the illness, nature of treatment and by whom.
(e) Any animal which is capable of transmitting an infectious agent shall be isolated at all times in a manner to prevent spread of the disease to healthy animals.
(f) Dogs and cats under eight (8) weeks of age shall not be displayed by pet shops or sold by pet shops or dealers.
(g) Any animal which is under quarantine or treatment for a communicable disease shall be separated from other animals susceptible to such disease in such a manner as to minimize dissemination of such disease.
(h) Birds which appear to manifest clinical evidence of disease, including, but not limited to, diarrhea, nasal discharge, depression, dry or brittle feathers, shall be immediately separated from healthy birds by means of separate cages. Whenever the animal warden determines that psittacosis exists in any bird housing facility or establishment handling such birds, the animal warden is empowered to proceed to abate, correct and end such public health menaces.
(i) The animal warden or designee may order quarantine on the premises or housing facilities in which animals are known to be exposed or exhibit symptoms of having infectious and contagious diseases.
Quarantine shall be removed when, at the discretion of the animal warden, the disease conditions for which quarantined are no longer evident and the apparent health of the animals indicate absence of contagious disease. (Ord. No. O-01-171, 9-18-01)
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