Facts About Animal Control NYC's Animal Injury Laws

Animal Control Facts About Animal Control NYC's Animal Injury Laws

All You Need to Know About Animal Control NYC's Animal Injury Laws

Have you been injured by an animal in New York City, New York? If so, you're probably wondering about Animal Control NYC's animal injury laws.

There are approximately 4,000 dog bites reported in the city every year. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog in NYC, learn how to report a dog bite, and how to get compensation by hiring a dog bite lawyer.

Animal Care Centers of NYC – Manhattan Location, Hours, and Contact Details

If you need to contact Animal Control NYC, you can visit from 10 AM to 6 PM any day of the week. You can also call between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day.

Address326 East 110th Street (between 1st and 2nd Aves.) New York, NY 10029
Phone Number212-788-4000

Who Is Liable If a Dog Bites Someone?

New York is fairly unique in its dog bite laws in that it blends "one bite" and strict liability laws. Here's a closer look.

One-Bite Laws

One-bite laws were prevalent before the 1900s. They only held owners accountable if the owner was aware that the dog had a propensity to bite. In other words, the dogs were only protected if they bit once. 

Strict Liability Laws

Strict liability laws have become more common over the years. In New York, they hold dog owners liable for medical bills regardless of whether the bite could have been prevented. However, if you are seeking compensation beyond medical bills, you can sue a dog owner successfully if you did not provoke the dog. Examples of provocation include:

  1. Hurting the dog that bit you
  2. Threatening the dog's owner or puppies
  3. Tormenting, abusing, or assaulting the dog that bit you
  4. Trespassing on the dog's home

How to Sue for a Dog Bite in NYC

If a dog bit you in NYC, you have three years from the date of the incident to file your case with the court. To reiterate, dog owners are responsible for the medical bills required due to the dog bite injury.

That said, negligence must be proven to receive other compensation. For instance, you may not receive additional compensation if reasonable care was taken to warn of the dog's dangerous habits, protect others, or control the dog.

What Do I Do if I Have Been Bitten by an Animal in NYC?

If a dog bit you in NYC, you need to immediately get the following details from the dog’s owner:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number

If the dog owner isn't around, make note of the dog's description. Someone in the area may be able to identify the dog and the dog's owner. Call 911 if the dog poses an immediate danger to the community. 

If the dog does not pose an immediate threat, call 311 after washing the wound with hot water and soap. You may need to get a rabies vaccine. Also, note that all bites must be reported within 24 hours of the incident.

How to Report an Animal-Related Incident on DoNotPay

You have enough on your plate recovering from your injury. With DoNotPay, in just three simple steps, you can report an animal-related injury to the local Animal Control Department or demand compensation for your injury:

  1. Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.


  2. Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.


  3. Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).


You don't have to do any more than that! It only takes three simple steps to report an animal-related incident to the city government or file a demand letter for compensation.

Why Use DoNotPay to File an Incident Report With NYC's Animal Control Department

You should use DNP to file an incident report with New York City’s Animal Control department because it couldn't be more convenient. With just a few taps on your phone, we can file an incident report on your behalf.

If you try to file your own incident report, you will have to locate the department's animal bite reporting page, fill out the form, and verify that you are not a robot before submitting the form. Who has time for that?

DoNotPay Works Across the Country With Just the Click of a Button

If you need to report an incident to Animal Control NYC or demand compensation for a dog bite in NYC, DNP has you covered. That said, we can also help you with several other animal-related incidents across the country. For instance, we can help you learn more about:

Also, if you want to report an incident, we can help you contact:

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