Bites and Aggressive Animals
If you have a life-threatening emergency involving an animal, contact 911 immediately!
Reporting animal bites to MACC is critical to the safety of our community. MACC responds to reports of animal bites and incidents of animal aggression. Bites and aggressive animal incidents are investigated and reviewed for dangerous animal declaration. Aggression includes any unprovoked action by a domestic animal that requires a person to take a defensive action to avoid being bitten.
Report an incident of aggression or bite to MACC by calling 311 or 612-673-3000.
If You Are Bitten
Confine the dog. A dog involved in a bite should be confined inside until MACC makes arrangements for the ten-day rabies quarantine legally required to protect the public from rabies.
Seek medical attention. Wash any wounds and see a physician. In the case of bites requiring immediate medical attention, an Animal Control Officer will take a report from the victim at an emergency room or at their home after they have been treated.
Report the bite. A bite should be reported as soon as possible to MACC. It is a legal requirement that bites be reported by attending physicians. An accurate description of the dog and its location will enable MACC to contact the owner, quarantine the dog, and take other appropriate actions.
Last updated Jul. 31, 2013