What should you do if…
You or your pet has been bitten:
If you or your pet has been bitten and you or other people are in danger, call 911 from a land line or 510-777-3211 from a cell phone. It is important that you receive medical attention immediately.
If there is no emergency, contact us to report the bite. Try to give as much information about the incident as possible, including the date, time and location where the bite occurred as well as the type and description of the animal that bit you and its current location.
Your pet has bitten a person or another animal:
If your pet has bitten a person or another animal, you are required by law to report the incident immediately by contacting us. Your pet will need to be placed in quarantine for 10 days to protect you, your family and your pets from rabies. During this time, the animal will be monitored for signs of rabies.
Oakland Animal Services has two main responsibilities when addressing animal bites:
- Coordinate with Alameda County Vector Control to ensure that the immediate concern regarding rabies is addressed. Rabies is transmitted via the saliva of infected animals by a bite or direct contact. Skunks, bats and raccoons are high-risk rabies carriers and are found all over Oakland and Alameda County. In cases where animals that could carry rabies have bitten a person in Oakland, we will quarantine the animal at the shelter or at the owner’s home. This 10-day quarantine period allows us to see if the animal shows signs of rabies. Oakland Animal Services oversees the dog licensing program for the City of Oakland. This program is critical for controlling rabies by making sure dogs over four months of age have a current rabies vaccination and a microchip.
- Investigate and follow up on dog bites where the dog may pose a threat to the public’s safety. Oakland Animal Services follows Oakland’s municipal code 6.08 to determine when dogs should be designated potentially dangerous or vicious.