You are required by law to report any bite or scratch from a domestic or wild animal
According to Orange County Codified Ordinance 4-1-62 Duty to Report, "Any person having knowledge of the location of an animal suspected of having rabies, or of any person having been bitten or scratched by any warm-blooded mammal, or of any signs of disease or unusual behavior in any animal under quarantine, shall immediately report such facts to the Director." Report an animal bite or scratch from a domestic or wild animal by calling 714-796-6421.
Biting animals can carry Rabies
When any warm-blooded animal breaks the skin of a human with its teeth, the human may be exposed to Rabies. This is not a statement of the animal's behavior or of a person's negligence or liability; it is a public health issue for the prevention of a fatal disease called Rabies.
OC Animal Care requires that the animal involved in a bite, or scratch caused by teeth, will be quarantined for ten (10) days. If the animal remains healthy for the ten (10) day period, it could not have been shedding the Rabies virus in its saliva at the time of the bite.
Types of quarantines
Animal vs. human: When any warm-blooded mammal breaks the skin of a human with its teeth, the human may be exposed to Rabies.
Pet vs. wildlife: When a pet dog/cat has come in physical contact with a wild mammal e.g. skunk, bat, raccoon, etc.
Government: When an animal comes into our jurisdiction from another country without an approved state Rabies vaccine.
OC Animal Care enforces the State laws that require all animals involved in a bite or scratch on a human to be quarantined for a period of ten (10) days after the date of bite. If the animal remains healthy for the ten (10) day period the State of California, Veterinary Public Health Section, has advised it could not have been shedding the rabies virus in its saliva at the time of bite.
If bitten by an animal, immediately wash the wound with soap and water and contact your physician. Prevention and education are the keys to keeping you and your family safe from disease.
Questions or Further Information
If you have any questions regarding animal bites or rabies contact your local health department or the Orange County Rabies Control Desk at 714-796-6421 Monday through Friday or 714-935-7158 after 5:30pm daily and on weekends.