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§ 18-316. Reporting requirements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--General

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 18. Disease Prevention (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Specific Diseases (Refs & Annos)
Part III. Rabies
MD Code, Health - General, § 18-316
§ 18-316. Reporting requirements
In general
(a)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, an individual immediately shall report to the local police or sheriff if the individual:
(i) Knows that a dog, cat, or other warm blooded animal has bitten, scratched, or otherwise exposed an individual to a possible rabies infection; or
(ii) Suspects that an animal has rabies.
(2) In Frederick County, the individual shall report to the animal control center of Frederick County.
Notification of health officer
(b) On receipt of a report under this section, the police, sheriff, or animal control center staff shall:
(1) Notify the health officer for the county where the report is made; and
(2) Enforce all orders of the health officer and the public health veterinarian.
Surrender of animal
(c) If the public health veterinarian or the local health officer issues an order to surrender an animal that is suspected of having rabies, a person may not hide or secret the animal:
(1) In the custody of the person; or
(2) In the custody or with the cooperation of any other person.
Fines and penalties
(d) A person who fails or refuses to comply with any provision of this section or any order issued under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $500.


Added by Acts 1982, c. 21, § 2, eff. July 1, 1982. Amended by Acts 1984, c. 626, § 1, eff. July 1, 1984.
Formerly Art. 43, § 615C.
MD Code, Health - General, § 18-316, MD HEALTH GEN § 18-316
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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