What should I do if my pet bites someone? Am I liable?

Generally, you are legally liable for your pet’s actions, and you can be held responsible in a criminal case. As such, you could be subject to subsequent litigation and potential damages for your pet’s actions.

If your pet does bite someone, including yourself, that person needs to seek medical attention and you need to report it to our office immediately. If the animal is not current on its rabies vaccination, the animal in question would have to be impounded for observation. In some cases, the animal will have to be euthanized and then tested for rabies.

For any rabies-related encounter, please report your experience to the Greene County Animal Control office, not the Health Department.

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1. I'm having a problem with wildlife on my property. What should I do?
2. What should I do if my pet bites someone? Am I liable?
3. Does my pet have to be registered with the County?
4. What is considered animal cruelty?
5. Where can I review the Animal Control ordinance?
6. Can you help me find my pet?
7. Can I bring my pet in for adoption?
8. Do you dispose of dead pets?
9. How do I file a complaint about my neighbor's pet?
10. What do I do if I suspect an animal has rabies?