Step 1: Seek Medical Attention
If a dog or cat bites you, seek medical attention immediately.
Step 2: Report the Bite
In Larimer County, it is the law to immediately report any knowledge you may have of an animal other than a rodent, rabbit, bird or reptile biting a human to an animal protection and control officer.
Contact animal control (all animal bites must be reported by law
- Report the bite online below.
- Fax a bite report to 970.226.2968. Download bite report form here.
- Call Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection & Control department at (970) 226-3647 ext. 7.
Step 3: Bite Quarantine
Once Larimer Humane Society receives your report and verifies the information, an animal control officer will make contact with the owner. The animal will then be confined for a period of 10 days from the date of the bite at the animal shelter, the owners home or at a veterinary hospital of the owner's choice, at the expense of the owner of the animal. During the ten-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. The owner will be responsible for all fees for care and confinement of the animal.
Step 4: Understanding Rabies and Why Reporting Bites is Important
Due to the potential exposure to rabies, it is important for all bites to be treated by medical professionals and reported to Animal Protection & Control.
Learn more about rabies in our community here.
What do I do if my animal or I am bitten or scratched by a wild animal (i.e. bat, skunk, coyote, raccoon or fox)?
- Seek a health professional or veterinarian as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours)
- Call Larimer Humane Society’s Animal Protection & Control department at (970) 226-3647 ext. 7 or by submitting an online bite report below.
- Notify your state or local health department