Animal Bites
Livingston County Sheriff / Animal Control Division
150 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Ph: 517.546.2440
Fax: 517.545.9627
Emergencies: Call 911
Tip Line: 517.546.8477
Business Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8 am - 5 pm
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Livingston County Jail
Ph: 517.546.2445
Fax: 517.546.1800

Animal Bites

How to File a Bite Report

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. Your health care provider should fill out a Bite Report and fax to us at (517) 546-9627 or fax to the Health Department at 517-546-6995. 
 
If you did not seek medical attention, you should also call the Health Department at (517) 546-9850 or LCAC at 517-546-2440 to complete a bite report.  You may also get a bite form by clicking the link: Bite Report
 
Some wild animals are rarely infected with rabies and have not been known to transmit the disease to humans. These animals include: chipmunks, gerbils, gophers, squirrels, guinea pigs, hamsters, moles, shrews, mice, muskrats, voles, rabbits, rats and prairie dogs. As a result, the species listed above will not be tested by the state lab except under extenuating circumstances.
 
Other animals, like fox, opossum, raccoons and woodchucks have been known to carry rabies and the Health Department will decide if the animal should be tested.

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 Animal Bite / Attack Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I do if I am 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 (see above) with any information you have about the animal.  This report will be sent to the Health Department and forwarded to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office / Animal Control Division.  In cases where the owner of the animal is known, an Animal Control Officer will visit both the victim and pet owner and notify them of bite case procedures.

If the bite is not serious enough to warrant immediate medical attention, please contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Office / Animal Control Division 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 the Livingston County Sheriff's Office / Animal Control Division at (517) 546-2440.​  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 a 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 other party.  You may wish to contact your attorney and file a civil suit.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office / Animal Control Division 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 10 days.

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

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office / Animal Control Division 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 the 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 necessary 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 is between you and your neighbor.  These types of issues are between you and the neighbor, you may wish to contact your attorney and file a civil suit.​