How to report a dog bite

How to report a dog bite

Report a Lost Pet

Go to our Stray Animal map tool. The map allows our residents to actively post a location where a dog/cat was seen loose or where the animal was picked up from. Note: Once added, animals will stay on this map for a maximum of five days.

Register your lost pet with Petco Love Lost and view potential matches.

Check out the website. All animals we find are listed here. Keep in mind that any animals we bring in that do not have any identification (e.g. licenses or microchips), we can only keep for 72 hours as a “Stray – Hold”. After that 72 hours, the animal may become available to the public.

Keep looking. Many pets are found by residents that may not bring the animal to a shelter for several days.

Post flyers in the neighborhood where the pet was lost. Ask schools in your area if you can post a flyer. Download our free Sample Flyer (PDF).

Use social media, Nextdoor, Craigslist, and other free networking sources to get the word out about your pet. Consider Straydar, Lost Dogs Arizona and other Facebook groups.

Call our Lost and Found Department at 602-372-4598. Please note: This phone number is not staffed 7 days a week. Please use the lost pet form above first.

How to Report Dog Bites in the County of Los Angeles

Dog bites should be reported to our Department (if you live within our service area) or the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health as soon as possible. An officer will respond to take a bite report and contact the other party (if known) to assess the situation and ensure that the animal that bit is properly quarantined. Additionally, our officer will notify Public Health.

Quarantine and Rabies

The County of Los Angeles and the State of California requires that a domestic animal involved in a bite to a person, or scratch caused by teeth, be quarantined for ten (10) days. The quarantine requires the animal to be confined and isolated away from all animals and persons. Depending on a variety of factors, the quarantine may be carried out at the owner’s premises, at a local animal control agency, or a private boarding facility approved by the local health officer. A County health officer will observe and/or assesses the health of the animal at both the beginning and at the end of the quarantine period to verify that the animal is not displaying symptoms of rabies. If the animal remains healthy for the 10-day period, it could not have been shedding the rabies virus in its saliva at the time of the bite and there has not been a rabies exposure for the victim.

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