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Animal Bites

Because of the danger of rabies, which is always fatal if untreated, animal bites must be reported to the Animal Control Center.

Please call (225) 774-7700 during normal business hours to report an animal bite. If you are attacked by an animal at night, on a weekend, or holiday, call 911 or City Police at 389-2000 or Sheriff's Dept. at 389-5000 and they will contact the Animal Control Officer on duty.

A report will be taken, and every effort will be made to find the animal, quarantine it, and observe its health. You are safe from rabies if the dog or cat which bit you is still alive ten days later.

If an animal is fully in compliance with the ordinance, the owner may be able to quarantine the animal in-home or at your veterinarian's office. For more information, call (225) 774-7700.

If the dog or cat which bit you is NOT up-to-date on its rabies vaccination or, if it was otherwise in violation of the law at the time of the bite, the animal will be quarantined at the Animal Control Center. The owner may then either leave the animal their for the ten day observation period or pay all fines and we will transfer the animal to a veterinarian of their choice for the remainder of the holding period.

If you are bitten by a wild mammal, such as a fox or a raccoon, call Animal Control and we will make every effort to catch the animal and examine it for rabies. Birds, reptiles, fish and insects do not carry rabies. However, because there is a risk of infection, and because of the risk of dangerous venom from a snake or spider bite, you should see a doctor if you have been bitten by a bird, reptile, or spider.

If the Animal Control Center is unable to locate the animal which bit you, you must go through a series of injections to protect you against the rabies virus. Talk to your doctor for advice.

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