Gaston County Animal Control: File a Dog Bite Report

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Gaston County Animal Control and North Carolina Dog Bite Laws

has four locations for sheltering stray or surrendered animals. There is also a Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement division. This article looks at how Gaston County manages animal control services and North Carolina's requirements concerning dog bites. After learning what steps to take to report an animal bite on your own, continue reading to find out how the Animal Control product from DoNotPay can handle this task for you, saving you time and money. Here are some more articles from the Animal Control product series.

About Gaston County Animal Control

In Gaston County, the purpose of Animal Control is to promote the proper care and treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership. They must also enforce laws and ordinances concerning animals. One way that they do that is through maintaining records for rabies vaccinations and pet registration and licensing. When lost or stray animals must be picked up, or owners surrender their animals, the Animal Control locations provide temporary shelter and care. These animals can be reclaimed by their owners or adopted by the community.

Gaston County Animal Control Locations and Hours of Operation

Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division

Address1491 Business Park Court Gastonia, North Carolina 28052
Phone(704) 922-8677 or (704) 922-8678 for use during regular business hours

(704) 866-3300 non-emergency after business hours
HoursMonday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM

*Closed Saturday and Sunday

Adoption HoursMonday - Friday: 11 AM - 5 PM

Saturday 11 AM - 2 PM

*Closed Sunday

Gaston County Animal Control

Address220 Leisure Lane Dallas, North Carolina 28034
Phone(704) 922-8677
HoursMonday - Wednesday: 11 AM - 6 PM

Thursday - Friday: 11 AM - 5 PM

*Closed Saturday and Sunday

Other Shelter and Adoption Locations

Animal League of Gaston County972 E. Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28052
Carolina Animal Rescue Experts701 Highland Street, Gastonia, NC 28052
Gaston Humane Society Inc.114 Sherrill Road, Gastonia, NC 28052

What to Do if You Are Bitten by an Animal in Gaston County

  1. The State Law in North Carolina says that when someone has been bitten, the person and the animal owner must report the incident immediately to the local director of health.
  2. Any animal known to possibly carry rabies, whether vaccinated or not, must be confined and quarantined for ten days. If the owner refuses, they will be charged with a misdemeanor.
  3. If the owner cannot confine the animal, it will be confined and quarantined at the owner's expense.
  4. Stray or feral animals will be confined and quarantined for 72 hours while Animal Control attempts to locate an owner before being euthanized.
  5. Contact the animal owner directly by phone or in writing, explaining what compensation you seek.
  6. If the owner refuses, you will need to file a claim in small claims court.

Who Is Liable for an Animal-Related Injury in Gaston County?

North Carolina is a comparative liability state, which means if the person bit was taunting, teasing, abusing, or in some way caused the animal to injure them, they are at fault. The animal owner is strictly at fault only if the animal was at large unattended at night or if the animal has been deemed dangerous or potentially dangerous. They are liable because it is unlawful to allow a dangerous dog to be off of their property without a leash and a muzzle or to let a dog be at large unattended at night.

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

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