MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Pet owners will only have to get their
animals vaccinated for rabbies once every three years rather than
every year under a bill that has received final approval in the
Alabama Legislature.

The bill passed the Alabama House Thursday on a 101-0 vote and now goes to the governor for review.

Senator Larry Dixon of Montgomery, who sponsored the bill, said rabies vaccines are now good for three years, but state law requires the shots be given every year.

He said it's bad for the animals to give them the shots every year.

The current law requires that cats and dogs receive the
vaccinations.

The bill passed by the Legislature Thursday would require that ferrets also receive the rabies shots.


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