Animal Bites/Attacks Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County, MichiganAnimal ControlAnimal Bites/Attacks Frequently Asked Questions

Animal Bites/Attacks Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I do if I was bitten by an animal?,

If you are bitten by an animal and the bite is serious enough to require medical attention you should go directly to a health care provider. This includes bites from domestic animals like cats and dogs, as well as exposure to wildlife.

You should fill out a bite report with any information you have about the animal. You can learn more about this by visiting our How to File a Bite Report page. This report will be sent to the Health Department and forwarded to Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter. In cases where the owner of the animal is known, an Animal Control Officer will visit both the victim and the pet owner and notify them on bite case procedures.

 
If bite is not serious enough to warrant immediate medical attention, please contact Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter on the next business day to file a bite report. 

What should I do if my pet bites someone?,

If your pet bites someone, please contact Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter at (517) 546-2154. If you are calling about your dog, please have information about its current rabies vaccination and Michigan dog license on hand.

If my pet bites someone, will you take my pet away from me?,

Not necessarily – we do not take every pet that bites. If it is stray dog or cat, we will confiscate them. Otherwise the pet will be left in the owner’s home for a 10 day quarantine period. An Animal Control Officer will discuss the bite report process with the pet owner.  However, if your dog or cat has a long and reported bite history, you could face prosecution for harboring a vicious animal.

My neighbor’s dog bit me and they won’t pay my medical bills, can you help?,

No.  Our Animal Control Officers are only able to check and make sure the dog has a current rabies vaccination and Michigan dog license and that the dog is being quarantined at home for 10 days. 
 
 
Disputes over medical bills are between you and the neighbor and you may wish to contact your attorney and file a civil suit. Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter can provide you with a copy of the dispatch call and the Animal Control Officer’s findings if you need to go to court. This information should be requested via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. This information can be provided to you within ten days.

My neighbor’s dog killed my dog, cat or livestock, can you help?,

Livingston County Animal Control and Shelter can help you document the incident and ensure that the dog in question has a current rabies vaccination and Michigan dog license.

If the dog is loose upon arrival of an Animal Control Officer and the owner is not home, it will be impounded at the shelter and the owner will be ticketed and required to pay the ncessary impound fees and other potential fines.  We cannot help you with disputes over medical bills, damages or other claims. These types of issues are between you and the neighbor and you may wish to contact your attorney and file a civil suit.

My neighbor’s dog destroyed something on my property and I want my neighbor to pay for it, can you help? ,

No.  Our Animal Control Officers can pick up a stray dog that is on your property, but any damage to your property it is between you and your neighbor. These types of issues are between you and the neighbor and you may wish to contact your attorney and file a civil suit.