How To Report An Incident With Fairfax County Animal Control

How to File a Report with Fairfax County Animal Control

Around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year, with around 800,000 of those bites requiring medical treatment. If you've been bitten by a dog, are worried about an aggressive animal biting someone in your neighborhood, or you plan to demand compensation from a pet owner over dog bite injuries you incurred, one of the tasks you will likely be required to perform is filing an official report with .

Unfortunately, this process can often be muddled by finding a person with the department to speak with or determining the proper protocol for filing a report. Further, if you wish to seek compensation for your injuries, you will have to undergo a completely different process in order to do so, as animal control only handles investigations and criminal consequences, not civil matters.

Through DoNotPay's Animal Control product, you can file a report and seek compensation by simply answering a few questions.

How Is Animal Control Handled in Fairfax County, VA?

In Fairfax County, animal control issues are handled through the Fairfax County Police Department's Animal Protection Police. This is a group of trained police officers who assist individuals throughout the county with problems pertaining to their pets or pets belonging to others. Some tasks performed by the Fairfax County Animal Protection Police include:

  • Dog licenses
  • Enforcement of city codes pertaining to domestic animals
  • Investigations of dog attacks or bites to humans by animals
  • Investigations of possible abuse or neglect of animals by their owners
  • Response to situations involving human exposure to dogs with rabies
  • Removal of stray dogs from public or private areas
  • Response to reports of dog attacks on livestock

How to Make a Report with Fairfax County Animal Control

In order to file a report with , you can contact the Animal Protection Police using the information below:

Address4500 West Ox Road

Fairfax, Va. 22030

Phone Number703-691-2131
Hours of OperationAll Days of the Week

6 AM to 12:30 AM

WebsiteFairfax Animal Control website

The Types of Animal-Related Incidents You Should Report

The emergency number listed above should be used to report four types of animal-related incidents, including:

  1. Animal bites
  2. Animal cruelty or neglect
  3. Sick or injured wildlife
  4. Possible rabies exposure to humans resulting from an encounter with wildlife

Keep in mind that The Animal Protection Police asks that you not use their non-emergency animal control number to report wildlife nuisances or other issues in which the wildlife poses no threat to humans.

The Information You Need to Include in Your Report to Fairfax County Animal Control

When you call to make your report with the Fairfax County animal control department, you will be asked to supply the following information:

  • Incident details, including the location, date, and time when your interaction with the animal occurred.
  • The type of injury (if any) that you sustained.
  • Information about the medical treatment you received for your injury, including the name of the provider administering the treatment, as well as the costs of the treatment.
  • Photo evidence that can help prove your claim.
  • A description of the animal you interacted with.
  • The pet owner's information, if available.

Difficulties That Arise When Making a Fairfax County Animal Control Report

In spite of the fact that  Police is an arm of the county's police department, many individuals find that they have difficulty getting through when attempting to call the non-emergency number. Additionally, if they do not have the required information, they often have to call back multiple times.

Once the report is filed, the individual still needs to determine how to send a demand to the property owner in order to obtain compensation for their dog bite injuries. If this demand is not responded to, the dog bite victim can then use the courts to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. However, that time-limited process also depends on your ability to file an initial report and make a demand for payment from the pet owner.

Easily File an Animal Control Report in Fairfax County Through DoNotPay

DoNotPay makes filing a report with Fairfax County animal control a breeze. Simply follow these steps:

  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).


That's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf, including details of your incident. You should hear back from the Fairfax County Animal Protection Police or the property owner with confirmation and your claim and requests for further information.

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DoNotPay can help you contact animal control in many states and cities, like Texas. We can file in many cities, like Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and states like California, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. DoNotPay provides quick and easy solutions for animal control problems.

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