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Dog bites can lead to expensive insurance claims and lawsuits.
Teach children to tell an adult when they see a strange dog.
Quarantine does not mean your dog will be taken from you or killed.
The District will require you to keep your dog under quarantine by keeping him/her to your property for 10 days. If your dog remains healthy during the quarantine, the bite victim will not have to have rabies shots and your dog will be released from quarantine. If your dog becomes sick or is lost, notify animal control right away. Because of strict procedures, no one has contracted rabies from a dog bite in the US since 1938.
In the eyes of the law, you are responsible for any damage done by your dog.
*The number of days an animal is quarantined can depend on what the animal bites and whether or not it is current on vaccinations.
Any dog can bite. Dogs are most likely to bite when they feel threatened.
PLEASE REPORT ALL ANIMAL BITES TO:
DC Animal Control