Albany, N.Y. — New York now requires animals that have been exposed to rabies to go through a 10-day confinement and observation period
in a secured facility, like a veterinarian's office.
Assembly Bill 3338 takes effect at the end of December. Dogs, cats, ferrets and domestic livestock that aren't exhibiting
symptoms of rabies infections (but could expose a human to rabies) must be confined and observed if the owner of the animal
wants to avoid euthanasia and testing, the law states. County health officials may grant home confinements to animals that
were actively immunized at the time of rabies exposure.
If the county health authority does not approve home confinement, however, the 10-day confinement and observation period must
take place at the owner's expense and at an appropriate facility, including a veterinarian's office, animal shelter or kennel.
The confinement facility must also notify public health authorities if the animal becomes ill during the observation period.