Today's Law As Amended

PDF |Add To My Favorites | print page

AB-1780 Importation of diseased dogs and cats.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 121715) is added to Part 6 of Division 105 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:

CHAPTER  1.3. importation of diseased dogs and cats
121715.
 The State Public Health Officer may monitor any report issued by a reliable and verifiable public source of an outbreak of a communicable disease occurring in another state caused by, or purported to be caused by, contact with a dog or cat. For purposes of this chapter, a reliable and verifiable public source may include, but is not limited to, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
121715.5.
 (a) If the State Public Health Officer determines that the importation of dogs or cats into this state from another state for the purpose of resale or change of ownership could pose a risk of an outbreak of any communicable disease that is dangerous to individuals, the State Public Health Officer may issue an order to prohibit the importation of those affected dogs or cats. The State Public Health Officer’s determination may include, but is not limited to, the extent, source, and location of the communicable disease and the probable impacts of the communicable disease on the state.
(b) The State Public Health Officer shall tailor the order to reasonably prevent danger to individuals caused by the importation of those affected dogs or cats linked to the outbreak and specify the date or conditions under which the order expires.
121715.10.
 (a) A person who violates an order issued pursuant to this chapter by importing a prohibited dog or cat into this state shall be subject to a civil penalty of five hundred dollars ($500) for each separate imported prohibited dog or cat.
(b) A violation of an order issued pursuant to this chapter shall not constitute a crime.
(c) For purposes of this section, “person” shall mean an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity.