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(1) When rabies is known to exist within an area, the Montana department of livestock, animal health division, shall, by order of the state veterinarian, establish a rabies quarantine area and shall define the boundaries of the quarantine area and specify the animals subject to quarantine, and all such animals within the quarantine area shall be kept in strict confinement upon the private premises of the owner, keeper or harborer at all times until the quarantine is terminated by the Montana department of livestock, animal health division.

(2) The area shall be quarantined for a period of not less than 60 days from the date of the last known case of rabies or as much longer as in the judgment of the board of livestock seems reasonable and necessary; provided, however, that any dog or other animal under quarantine having been properly immunized against rabies under official supervision may be released from quarantine after a period of 14 days from date of vaccination.

(3) A list of counties or areas within counties under quarantine pursuant to this rule is kept at the Helena offices of the department of livestock. A copy of that list, and a copy of any specific rabies quarantine, is available without charge upon request to the state veterinarian.

History: Sec. 81-2-102 MCA; IMP, Sec. 81-2-102 MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 7/4/77; AMD, 1980 MAR p. 583, Eff. 2/15/80.

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