Missoula Animal Control Law - How to Report a Dog Bite or Animal Related Injury in Missoula, Montana

Missoula Animal Control Law - How to Report a Dog Bite or Animal Related Injury in Missoula, Montana

If you were bitten by a dog in the city of Missoula, Montana, or within Missoula County,  you need to call  at 406-541-7387 to report the incident. Dog bites are all too common. Those injured by an animal, whether by a bite, serious scratch, or other types of aggressive action, deserve compensation. If you believe you need guidance in learning how to go about filing a report for a dog bite, or if you want someone to file the report for you, DoNotPay is the place to turn.

We can help you file a report for a dog bite with Missoula animal control, or with official animal control organizations anyplace in the US, whether the incident occurred in Pennsylvania or Texas, in California, or in Montana, as addressed here. Many locations require you to file a dog bite report. But filing a report alone won't likely get you compensation.

DoNotPay can also help you send a letter to the owner of the dog or another type of animal that injured you, to demand compensation for injury and expenses occurring as a result of the dog bite or animal attack. If that action doesn't result in payment, we can help you get advice from a dog bite lawyer and learn about suing a negligent owner for a bite or other type of injury.

About Animal Control in Missoula, Montana

Missoula City and MIssoula County Animal Control Ordnances, as well as Montana State laws regarding animal control, are enforced by the  division of the Missoula Police Department. Nuisances caused by animals as well as dog bites should be reported to this division.

Missoula Animal Control also oversees the Missoula Animal Shelter and animal adoptions. The office of Missoula Animal Control is located at 6700 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, Montana. It is open 6 days a week. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5:30 pm. Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm.

Missoula Animal Control Animal Control Location and Contact Information

Clayton County Animal Control

Address6700 Butler Creek Road, Missoula, MT 59808
Phone Number Phone: (406) 541-7387

Fax: (406) 541-7389


Missoula, Montana Dog Bite Laws

Under Montana State Law, the owner of a dog that without provocation bites someone while the person is in a public place or lawfully on private property, within an incorporated city or town,  is liable for damages. That is the case whether or not the dog was formerly considered vicious, and whether or not the owner was aware of the vicious nature of the animal.

Missoula County Law notes two levels of classification for vicious dogs. It is up to an Animal Control Officer to determine whether a dog should be classified as a Level I or Level II Vicious Dog. Laws varying in degree, as well as requirements for owners of vicious dogs, cover animals of either level. Owners may be held liable for violations of the law whether or not they were aware of their dog's vicious nature.

Violations of the ordinance are considered misdemeanors and are punishable by fines. (A police or service dog which bites someone while lawfully performing its duties is exempt from the dog bite law.)

In spite of the fact that Missoula Animal Control is tasked with charging an owner of a crime, if you are bitten by a dog and the owner is deemed responsible, you won't likely receive compensation without further action. In addition to reporting the dog bite by contacting Missoula Animal Control, you must send a letter demanding compensation to the owner.

Don't have any idea how to prepare such a letter? Don't have time to compose and send correspondence? DoNotPay can write and send the letter for you. We can save you the trouble of spending valuable hours figuring out what to write and conducting the tedious research needed to successfully file a report and seek compensation following a dog bite.

Can You Sue Someone for Dog Bites?

In Montana, if a dog bites you, and the incident occurs under the above-noted conditions, you can sue for damages. The state law specifies incidents that occur within incorporated towns or cities. But a person injured by a dog in Montana, whether in an urban or other setting, also may use the more common grounds for liability, or local animal control laws specifications, like those covering Missoula County.

Dog bite lawsuits most often fall under the personal injury category, so the statute of limitations, the deadline for filing a claim, is generally two years.

Who Is Liable If a Dog Bites Someone?

The owner is normally considered the party responsible if a dog bites a person. That's as long as the conditions specified in the local dog bite law were in effect at the time of the injury-producing incident.

How to Sue for a Dog Bite in Missoula, Montana

Prompt action is important, following a dog bite incident. Once the injury has been reported to Missoula Animal Control, the victim should notify the owner of the details of their injury by drafting a letter demanding compensation. When this is done correctly, it often results in prompt reimbursement.

But if you follow this procedure and it's not successful, as long as the statute of limitations hasn't passed, you can sue the dog's owner for damages in small claims court. DoNotPay's Sue Now product can help.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten by an Animal in Missoula County, Montana?

DoNotPay Recommends Taking the Following Two Steps if You’ve Suffered a Dog Bite in Missoula, Montana.

  1. If you know the identity of the owner, contact them directly, by letter. Request compensation for the injury. Especially if your injury requires medical treatment, this is in your best interests.
  2. The incident should be reported to Missoula Animal Control. The owner may face legal consequences, but likely, you won't receive a financial reward through this option alone, so sending a letter to the owner is important.

What Information Must I Include in a Report I File Concerning a Dog Bite?

Keep the following details in mind when filing an official report or composing a demand letter and requesting compensation from the owner.

  • Incident details, including the date, time and location the event occurred.
  • Injury specifics.
  • Any necessary medical treatment, including costs and physical details.
  • Any photo evidence available, to support your statement.
  • A detailed description of the dog that bit you.
  • Information about the pet's owner.

How to Report an Animal Related Injury in Missoula County, by Yourself

Report an animal injury on your own by contacting the Missoula County Animal Control Division. Missoula Animal Control's instructions direct you to phone them.

But DoNotPay can file the report for you. If your schedule is busy, or you are uncertain about the details to mention in your report, our service provides a reliable solution to your dilemma.

Next Steps for Reporting an Animal-Related Incident if You Can’t Do It Yourself

Filing a dog bite report can be a complex and uncertain process. But many local laws require that you file a report after experiencing a dog bite incident. It's an important step in securing compensation for your injuries.

If you're confused about the legal issues surrounding the process or don't have time to deal with it, DoNotPay offers a perfect solution to the difficult problem of reporting a dog bite in Missoula County, Montana. 

Let us know what happened and we'll take care of the report.

Here’s 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:

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


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


  1. 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.

Why Use DoNotPay to Report an Animal Injury in Missoula?

DoNotPay gets the necessary task accomplished quickly.  Our fast service prevents you from wasting valuable hours trying to report a dog bite or animal related injury in Missoula County, and determining how to get compensation.

DoNotPay's process is easy. It saves you the painful, labor-intensive job of filling out forms and composing correspondence when you are already suffering. 

DoNotPay's process gets results. We always make the best effort possible to be successful in solving your problem. Contacting DoNotPay is the wisest action you can take if you suffer a dog bite in Missoula County, or experience any of the many difficulties with which we can help.

DoNotPay Works Across All State Programs With the Click of a Button

DoNotPay can work with whatever individual or organization necessary, to address your problem. We can contact animal control officials in Missoula County, as well as all parties involved in your dog bite incident or other type of issue.

DoNotPay can also contact Missoula Animal Control or other animal control centers as well as various entities or individuals anywhere a dog bite or other incident occurs, including, but not limited to, locations whose animal control laws are detailed in the following links:

We can also help you sue for damages in any small claims court.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Reporting a dog bite  and aiding you or a family member, whomever was injured, receive compensation is just one of the many tedious and time-consuming problems life hands us that  DoNotPay can help with. Other problems DoNotPay can assist you in learning about or solving include the issues detailed in these links:

Dog bites can be devastating and the process of recovering can be long and arduous. Let DoNotPay take care of the process of reporting your dog bite incident to animal control today.

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