Animal Control Services: What Can They Help With?
Animals, either wild or domestic, all have the ability to defend themselves. Animal control can help with some situations, and others will need more expert help. How do you report an incident to Animal Control or the pet's responsible parties? DoNotPay will assist in contacting the proper authorities to report the incident and request compensation if there is another party at fault.
How Can Animal Control Help?
Most animal control services depend on their locations. Services by state, like California, Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, differ dramatically. Services that animal control will respond to include situations of neglect and abuse, aggressive animals, and lost animals. An officer may be dispatched for:
- Animal bites, both domestic and wild
- Loose or wild animals
- Reports of aggressive animals
- Obvious neglect cases
- Found pet retrieval and chip reading
- Deceased animals, especially on the roadside
Animal Control services should NOT be utilized in the following situations:
|Noise||Notify the local police department.|
|Animals stuck in inconvenient locations||Request assistance from the fire department or a pest control company.|
What To Do In Case of a Dog Bite
Do not hesitate to contact Animal Control to file a report of the dog bite, no matter whose dog it was. DoNotPay can help after the initial report, but first, follow the simple instructions to tend to the wound.
Treat the Wound First
Never delay treatment of a dog bite. Their mouths are full of bacteria and viruses that can quickly cause infections to develop, and some of them can be severe. To cleanse a minor wound:
- Wash the area with warm water and antibacterial soap.
- Apply an antibacterial ointment.
- Cover with a clean bandage.
- Make an appointment with your medical doctor as soon as possible.
Larger wounds will require more medical attention and expertise to properly prevent infections and other diseases. Deep wounds require clean cloth and pressure as you seek medical attention from urgent care or the emergency room.
Do not forget to obtain copies for your records for any treatments obtained for the bite. DoNotPay can help you obtain compensation for the medical bills and amend your report of the bite to Animal Control as well as the severity and treatment plan. Documentation is important. Take pictures before and after any procedures.
Know Who the Dog’s Owner Is
In order to receive assistance with medical bills and report the dog that was aggressive, you will need to know to whom the dog belongs. If the dog was captured after the bite or is well known, this step is easy. You will need their personal information for the report. However, if the bite was random, someone will need to track down the dog to determine its owner.
Strays are even harder to pin down. Keep watch for the animal and ask neighbors about the dog. Animal Control will be able to patrol the area for the dog with an accurate description of it.
File Your Report With Animal Control, the Police, and a Lawyer- If Necessary
Animal Control will do their best to find the animal that was aggressive and detain it. However, you must first report the incident to Animal Control. You will need as much detail as possible for the initial report. Continue to report further information as it becomes available.
Initiate a Police report with the same information that you reported to Animal Control. The police will assist in finding the dog's responsible party and help you press charges if you so desire. You will need a police report if you plan on suing for damages and medical bills.
Hire a personal injury lawyer if you plan on seeking compensation. Provide them with the police report, animal control report, medical bills and documentation, and pictures. This may be a long process, but if the bite was serious enough to cause significant bills, loss of wages, or even death, it is an action to consider.
Let DoNotPay Help You File Reports
Animal attacks can reduce your ability to work, concentrate, and perform the functions of everyday life. Once a medical professional has treated you, you might want to consider seeking compensation for your time and money. DoNotPay can assist in the process by simply filling out forms that quickly get responses.
How to Report an Animal-Related Incident on DoNotPay:
If you want to report an animal-related injury but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.
- Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.
- 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).
And that's it. DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf with your incident details. You should hear back from them directly with further questions/confirmation regarding your demands.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
- Seeking Compensation for Victims of Crimes
- Contacting Government Agencies
- Neighbor Complaints
- Small Claims Court
- Much More.
Let DoNotPay help you today.