How to Report Dog Bites

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There is not much that is more frightening than getting bitten by a dog. Provoked or not, dog bites are often painful and have the potential to become quite dangerous if not appropriately treated. Victims of dog bites should always report the situation to the proper authorities, because it documents the case, as well as researches the health of the dog, if possible. However, in the midst of all that is taking place after a dog bite, it can be hard to know where and how to report the bite.

Collect the information of the dog that bit you from its owner, if possible. Obtain the owner's name, address and phone number, as well as the name and breed of the dog and its veterinarian's contact information. If you are able, also collect the rabies tag number of the animal and find out if the dog's current veterinarian administered the vaccine. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the attack.

Remember the location where the bite took place and the description of the dog, if it was wild or the owner was not present. This information may help authorities locate the animal and its owner, if it has one.

Contact your local police department or animal control centre to report the bite. Depending upon the state, it varies as to whom you should contact. Sometimes, the two offices are linked and you only need to call your police department. Take note of whom you spoke with and when and be sure to give him all the information he asks for.

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