Because of the danger of rabies, which is always fatal if untreated, animal bites and scratches must be reported to the Animal Control and Rescue Center. A bite report will be taken, and every effort will be made to find the animal, quarantine it, and observe its health for ten days. Anyone who has been bitten is safe from rabies if the dog or cat which bit them is still alive ten days later.
If you, a family member, or a visitor to your home was bitten by your own pet, if it is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, and if it was not running loose or otherwise in violation of the animal control ordinance at the time the bite occurred, you must report the bite, but you may be allowed to keep your animal confined in your own home and examined by your own veterinarian after ten days have passed. The animal must not be allowed to run loose or make contact with other animals or human visitors for ten days. You may also choose to kennel your pet at your veterinarian’s office during this time. If the animal dies for any reason during this time, you must contact the Animal Control and Rescue Center so your pet’s remains can be examined for rabies. Please call us at 225-774-7700 or read the online ordinance for details on what criteria must be met for the animal to be allowed to remain at home.
If the dog or cat was not up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, or if it was running loose or otherwise in violation of the ordinance at the time the bite occurred, the animal will be impounded in our Rabies Observation Kennel here at the Animal Control and Rescue Center for ten days. The owner may reclaim the animal after ten days have passed, and must be ready to pay any fines (such as, failure to vaccinate against rabies) that may apply. In some cases, you may pay your fines at the ACRC and then we will transfer your pet to your own veterinarian's office for observation. If you are bitten by a wild mammal, such as a fox or raccoon, notify Animal Control and Rescue Center immediately and we will make every effort to capture the animal and examine it for rabies. Birds, reptiles, fish, and other animals do not carry rabies. If you are not sure whether or not the animal that bit you is a mammal, please call the ACRC at 225-774-7700 and we can help identify it for you.