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Utah Quarantine and Health Certificate Requirements



4-31-1 Outbreak of contagious or infectious disease -- Assistance of federal authorities.
If there is an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease among domestic animals in this state that imperils livestock in adjoining states, the commissioner shall seek the assistance of the United States Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service in preventing the spread of the disease to other states.

4-31-2 Epidemic of contagious or infectious disease -- Condemnation or destruction of infected or exposed livestock -- Destruction of other property.

If there is an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease of epidemic proportion among domestic animals in this state which imperils livestock, the commissioner, with approval of the governor, may condemn, destroy, or dispose of any infected livestock or any livestock exposed to, or deemed by the commissioner capable of, communicating disease to other domestic animals. The commissioner may also, with gubernatorial approval, condemn and destroy any barns, sheds, corrals, pens, or other property deemed necessary to prevent the spread of contagion or infection.

4-31-3 Appraisal of fair market value before destruction.

Before any livestock or property is condemned and destroyed, an appraisal of the fair market value of the livestock or other property shall be forwarded to the commissioner by a panel of three qualified appraisers appointed as follows:

(1) one by the commissioner;

(2) one by the owner of the livestock or other property subject to condemnation; and

(3) one by the appraisers specified in Subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

After review, the commissioner shall forward the appraisal to the board of examiners together with his recommendation concerning the amount, if any, which should be allowed. Any costs incurred in the appraisal shall be paid by the state.

4-31-4 Slaughter for post-mortem examination.

The commissioner may order the slaughter and post-mortem examination of any one or more diseased domestic animals if the exact nature of their disease is not readily ascertained through other means.

4-31-9 Imported animals --Health certificate.
No person, except as provided by rule of the department, may import any animal into this state unless it is accompanied by a health certificate that meets the requirements of department rules and is issued by a licensed veterinarian.

4-31-14 Restrictions on movement of infected or exposed domestic animals.

A person who owns or has possession of a domestic animal or domesticated elk and knows that it is infected with, or has been exposed to, any contagious or infectious disease may not:

(1) permit it to run at large, or come in contact with another domestic animal which can be infected; or

(2) sell, ship, trade, or give away an infected animal or domesticated elk without disclosing that it is diseased or has been exposed to disease.

4-31-15 Report of vesicular disease.

Any person who identifies symptoms of vesicular disease in livestock shall immediately report it to the department. Failure of a veterinarian licensed in this state to report a diagnosed case of vesicular disease to the department constitutes ground for the revocation of such veterinarian's license. Failure by the owner of livestock to report symptoms of vesicular disease among such owner's livestock constitutes forfeiture of the right to claim an indemnity for an animal slaughtered on account of the disease.

4-31-16 Contagious or infectious disease -- Duties of department.

The department shall investigate and may quarantine any reported case of contagious or infectious disease, or any epidemic, or poisoning affecting domestic animals or any animal or animals which it believes may jeopardize the health of animals within the state. The department shall make a prompt and thorough examination of all circumstances surrounding the disease, epidemic, or poisoning and may order quarantine, care, or any necessary remedies. The department may also order immunization or testing and sanitary measures to prevent the spread of disease. Investigations involving fish or wildlife shall be conducted under a cooperative agreement with the Division of Wildlife Resources.

If the owner or person in possession of such animals, after written notice from the department, fails to take the action ordered, the commissioner is authorized to seize and hold the animals and take action necessary to prevent the spread of disease, including but not limited to: immunization; testing; dipping; or spraying. Animals seized for testing or treatment under this section shall be sold by the commissioner at public sale to reimburse the department for all costs incurred in the seizure, testing, treatment, maintenance, and sale of such animals unless the owner sooner tenders payment for the costs incurred by the department. No seized animal shall be sold, however, until the owner or person in possession is served with a notice specifying the itemized costs incurred by the department and the time, place, and purpose of sale and the number of animals to be sold. The notice shall be served at least three days in advance of sale in the manner:

(1) prescribed for personal service in Rule 4(e), Utah Rules of Civil Procedure; or

(2) if the owner cannot be found after due diligence, in the manner prescribed for service by publication in Rule 4(g), Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Any amount realized from the sale of the animals over the total charges shall be paid to the owner of the animals if the owner is known or can by reasonable diligence be found; otherwise, the excess shall be paid to the tuberculosis and Bangs Disease Control Account.

4-31-17 Quarantine -- Peace officers to assist in maintenance of quarantine.

The commissioner may quarantine any infected domestic animal or area within the state to prevent the spread of infectious or contagious disease. Sheriffs and other peace officers within the state shall, upon request of the commissioner, assist the department in maintaining a quarantine and shall arrest anyone who violates it. The department shall pay all costs and fees incurred by any law enforcement authority in assisting the department.

4-31-18 State chemist -- Assistance in diagnosis of disease.

The state chemist, upon submission by the commissioner, shall examine and analyze all tissue, grass, water, or other substances necessary in the proper diagnosis of disease or losses among livestock.

4-31-19 Fee to compensate state for quarantine and sanitary procedures.

To compensate the state for the expense of carrying out quarantine and sanitary procedures, the commissioner may collect a fee, determined by the department pursuant to Subsection 4-2-2(2), on cattle, horses, and sheep that enter the state from a quarantined or infected area.

Amended in 1999.
Reviewed and updated by AAHS in January 2002.
Reviewed and updated by AAHS in May 2003.

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