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What to Do if Your Pet Bites a Person

Reporting all animal bites helps prevent the spread of rabies. Rabies is a serious and potentially deadly disease. It is transmitted via the saliva from an infected animal by a bite or direct contact. Make sure your own dog and /or cat has a current rabies vaccination and keep your dog's license up to date.

If your pet bites a person or another animal and the situation is under control, you are required by law to report the incident immediately to Lathrop Animal Services at 209-941-7240. If no one is in the office, please leave a detailed message and be sure to include your phone number. Report as much information about the incident as possible, including the date, time and location where the bite occurred and the breed and description of the animal that bit you and its current location.

If you are bitten and the situation is not under control and you or other people continue to be in imminent danger, call Lathrop Animal Services during regular business hours at 209-941-7240; during non-business hours, call San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at 209-953-6070 or call 911.

If your dog or cat bites a person, your dog or cat will need to be placed on quarantine for 10 days. This can be done at your residence if an Animal Services Officer determines that your yard is secure. If not secure, then your pet will need to be quarantined at the Manteca Animal Shelter. At the shelter, your pet will be monitored carefully for any signs of rabies; if at your home, you are required to monitor and immediately report any change in your pet’s health or behavior. During the quarantine time, your pet is not allowed to run loose, go for walks, go for car rides or any other activity that would expose him/her to anyone else. Your pet will remain on quarantine until an Animal Services Officer examines and releases him/her.

What to Do if You or Your Pet is Bitten by a Domestic or Wild Animal

Skunks, bats, and raccoons are high risk rabies carriers and are found in the City of Lathrop. If your dog or cat is bitten or comes into direct contact with a wild animal, report the incident immediately to Lathrop Animal Services at 209-941-7240. Remember, it is important that you keep your pets from coming in contact with wild animals.

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