Animal Bites

    What happens if a dog or cat bites a person?

    If the bite happens in the City of Columbia:

    Any dog or cat which bites, injures, or attacks any person shall be immediately impounded by the Animal Control Division for a period of 10 days, unless:

    • The dog or cat has a current rabies vaccination that was administered by a licensed veterinarian prior to the time of the bite.
    • A City license issued prior to the time of the bite.
    • The dog or cat was not running loose at the time of the bite.
    • Does not have any prior history of biting a person, injuring another animal, or running loose.
    • The owner agrees to take the animal to a licensed veterinarian 10 days after the bite for a physical.
    If the bite happens in Boone County:
    Any dog or cat which bites or otherwise injures any human being shall be securely confined by an animal control officer at the county animal shelter or by a licensed veterinarian of the owner’s or possessor’s choice for a period of ten (10) days after the reported bite or injury to a human being for observation for symptoms or manifestations of rabies.
     
    • Owners may be allowed to keep the animal at home for the ten (10) day quarantine period provided the animal has a current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian prior to the date of the bite and if there has been no past history of biting or running loose.

    What should I do if my pet bites me or someone else?

    Please notify the Animal Control Office by clicking here. Animal bites are serious and should not be taken lightly. Victims of animal bites, however minor, should always consult a physician.