PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Senate voted to allow dog owners to demonstrate that their pet is immune to rabies instead of giving a booster shot against the deadly disease.
The measure received preliminary approval on Wednesday, but still requires a final Senate vote.
Republican Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix says she introduced the bill at the behest of voters who say some animals have adverse reactions to vaccines.
The measure would allow them to meet rabies vaccination mandates by performing a titer test showing that the animal has antibodies. Critics say the measure is dangerous and could lead to an increase in rabies cases.
“There has been a backlash and fear to allow pet owners who are concerned about this to take this action so that they can avoid these adverse events for their pet,” Barto said. “I don’t think it will be a widespread practice that could endanger the…
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