A common question asked by clients who have suffered a dog bite is –
what will happen to the dog? Many people assume that the dog will automatically
be put down or euthanized. That is not typically the case, but it depends
on the laws in the state where the dog bite occurred. In most cases, the
owner of the dog is required to report the attack to the local police
department. In some states, the dog is placed on a list of dangerous or
potentially dangerous dogs. In Alabama, the main concern following a dog
bite is the possibility of a rabies infection.
Quarantine is typically required
Under Alabama’s statute, whenever there is a report that any animal,
required by law to be immunized against rabies (i.e., dogs, cats and ferrets),
has bitten someone, that animal must be quarantined. The purpose of the
quarantine is to determine whether or not the animal had rabies. The dog
will be submitted to a licensed veterinarian for rabies observation. If
the dog was vaccinated as required, then the dog may be authorized to
be quarantined in the dog owner’s home.
When the dog may be put down
If the dog is a stray, or no owner can be identified after reasonable investigation,
the animal will be “humanely destroyed” immediately. The dog’s
remains will be examined for rabies by the state health department.
Failure to comply with quarantine
It is unlawful for a dog owner to refuse to submit their animal to quarantine.
This includes selling, giving away or transferring the dog to another
location, in order to avoid quarantine. Why? Rabies is a very serious
viral infection that attacks the nervous system, causing swelling of the
brain and death in a short period of time. Determining if there is any
risk of rabies infection is critical.
If you have questions regarding a dog bite injury, or other personal injury
matter, contact us
online or by calling the Law Office of Cody R. Wix, LLC at (205) 381-4787.