1. No person shall harbor any cat or dog which is six (6) months or older and which has not been vaccinated against rabies. A rabies vaccination tag issued by a licensed veterinarian, an identification tag stating the name and address of the owner and a dog tag issued by the Madison County Assessor's Office shall be deemed proof of compliance with this section.
  2. Any domestic animal which has bitten a person shall be impounded at the expense of the owner for a period of not less than fourteen (14) days and until the County Health Officer can determine if the animal is rabid. If the animal dies while impounded, a test shall be conducted at the expense of the owner to determine if the animal was rabid.  The death of any animal suspected to have been rabid shall be reported to the County Health Officer immediately following the discovery of its death.
  3. Any domestic animal which has been bitten by an animal suspected to be rabid shall be confined for a period of six (6) months at the expense of the owner or shall be destroyed.
  4. No person who knows or suspects that an animal under his or her control is rabid shall allow that animal to leave his or her control except to be taken to the Lapel Animal Clinic or another veterinarian.  Any person who knows or suspects that an animal is rabid shall immediately notify the Police Department or the Madison County Health Officer. 

Further Information

'82 Code, Ord. No. 9-1982, passed 12/22/82)(Amended Ord. No. 7-1994, passed 11/22/94
Indiana Code 15-2.1-6-7   
Date Passed: 12/22/1982
Date Amended: 11/22/1994