How to Address an Animal Attack in Citrus County
Nearly five million dog bites are reported each year in the United States. Almost one million of those bites require medical attention, which doesn't even include many attacks by other pets. If you are the victim of an animal attack in Citrus County, contacting Citrus County Animal Control is critical.
Determining what laws are applicable in your situation and how to resolve your case can be confusing and time-consuming. Luckily, there are some clear-cut steps to take.
What to Do After an Animal Attack
Immediately following an animal attack, gathering all information needed to resolve the incident is essential.
- Slow down, assess your surroundings.
- Take photos of the animal and surroundings. Note the animal's size, gender, and distinguishing characteristics if you do not have a camera.
- If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information.
- Ask the owner for their full name, address, and phone number.
- Record the time, date, and location of the attack.
- Seek medical attention immediately. If a rabies vaccination can't be verified, a rabies shot is mandatory.
- Contact Citrus County Animal Control.
Citrus County Animal Control Contact Information
Every county has its own animal control. For example, contacting Los Angeles Animal Control will not help you when you need Atlanta's. Even within the same state, contacting the correct county is essential.
Contacting Miami won't help you if the incident occurred in Citrus County. If you have experienced an animal attack in Citrus County, you must report the attack to Citrus County Animal Control with the following information:
|Address||3549 Saunders Way
Lecanto, FL 34461
How to Report an Animal-related Incident on Your Own
After experiencing an animal attack, you might experience shock and emotional trauma. Nevertheless, it is critical to take proper steps to ensure your case is handled correctly, and you receive the compensation that you need:
- Identify the owner and determine if it has a rabies vaccination.
- Contact Animal Control. Citrus County Animal Control operates seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm. There is an officer on duty overnight for emergencies. In an emergency, call 9-1-1, and the operator will direct your call.
- Follow police instructions as far as citations and other procedures.
- Wait to receive the case outcome.
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 or confirmation regarding your demands.
Can You Sue for an Animal Attack in Citrus County?
Animal attacks can be physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. Medical bills, time off from work, and other expenses can make attacks costly. One option is to resolve the costs personally with owners and their insurance companies.
Unfortunately, not all animal owners are cooperative. In that case, you might wonder what your rights are and if you can sue for compensation. Contacting an dog bite attorney can help evaluate the strength of your case. However, there are some general criteria you can use to determine the strength before you call.
Strict Liability Law
Florida operates under a strict liability law that holds animal owners responsible for their pets in the case of an attack.
- Pet owners are responsible for their animal's attacks even if there is no prior history of aggression.
- Pet owners are responsible for physical and psychological damage resulting from the attack.
Strict Liability Loopholes
Although Florida does adhere to a strict liability law for animal attacks, some loopholes exist for the owner's defense.
- If the victim provoked the animal, the owner is not responsible.
- If the attack resulted from trespassing, the owner is not responsible.
- If the owner displayed an easily readable sign that includes the words "Bad Dog," they are not liable unless the victim is under six years old.
Why Use DoNotPay?
When you are a victim of an animal attack, the incident is trying physically and emotionally. It is essential to report the attack to ensure proper compensation and save others from future attacks.
Using DoNotPay takes all the stress and confusion out of reporting an attack. Filling out their simple form will ensure your case is directed to the proper channels so the conflict can be resolved quickly, smoothly, and successfully.