Recently, a couple in Villa Park was attacked by their son’s dog, causing severe injuries. This occurrence happens all too often and is usually from a dog that the victim owns or knows.
When a dog has bitten a person, it is required that it be reported to Orange County Animal Care. You can report it by calling 714-796-6421. The reason for this is to make sure that the dog does not hurt anyone else and to prevent the spread of Rabies.
According to the CDC, Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
Although dogs represent a small portion of the reported rabies cases, it is still important to take every precaution when a dog has bitten someone. The first step is reporting it.
It is also very important to report dog bites to ensure the safety of the person who was bitten and anyone else who might come in contact with the dog. If a dog has bitten someone, it is likely they will bite someone again.
When a dog has bitten someone, there are a few steps that are taken to assess the dog and keep others safe. OC Animal Care and the State of California requires that a domestic animal involved in a bite, or scratch caused by teeth, to a person be quarantined for ten days. These ten days are used for observation of the dog for rabies and for behavior as well. The quarantine may be in the owners home or at the OC Animal Care Center, depending on a variety of factors.
Learn more about how dog bites are handled in Orange County.
If you have been bitten by a dog and been injured because of it, you should know the options you have available to you. Please give us a call at 949-496-7000 and we can help explain what those options are. The first call is free and we will be sure to get back to you within 24 hours. You can also learn more about the Orange County dog bite cases we handle.