Once you have received medical care or veterinary care and you’re home, call your local animal control and report the bite. For bites occurring between mile marker 0 - 16.7 you’ll need to call our Key West Office. For bites occurring between mile marker 16.7 - 70 you’ll need to call our Marathon Office.
When a bite is reported, animal control can verify if the animal is up to date on vaccinations, including rabies. Some people don’t want to file a report with animal control or call the police because the dog owner might be a neighbor, or the dog may belong to a friend. Keep in mind that reporting a bite is usually required by law.
The department of health requires that involved animals be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days for an observation period at the expense of the owner. Based on vaccination status one or more animals involved, including your own, may have to be quarantined at home, at one of our locations or at a veterinarian of your choosing. Rabies control and prevention is an important part of any bite report. During the 10 day observation period, no rabies vaccine shall be administered to the animal. Once the 10 days have passed, an animal control officer will return to the confined location to verify that the animal is still healthy and release the animal from confinement.