What You Need to Know When Filing a Report to Tuolumne County Animal Control

Animal Control What You Need to Know When Filing a Report to Tuolumne County Animal Control

How to Report a Dog Bite to Tuolumne County Animal Control

Do you need to contact Tuolumne County Animal Control to report an altercation with someone's pet? Whether you're a full-time resident of Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia, or Groveland, or you have a summer cabin up Highway 208 in Strawberry, Pinecrest, Twain Harte, or Mono Village, you have access to the county's animal control services.

We'll take a look at all the ways you can file a dog bite or vicious dog report in the county, and the many tedious steps you'll need to take to make a solid claim should you need to pursue damages against the dog owner. And we'll tell you about the easy way to do it all the easiest way—by using DoNotPay. 

How to Contact Tuolumne County Animal Control

Unlike most animal control departments, Tuolumne Animal Control is located in Jamestown, rather than in Sonora, the county seat, but it's only a six-minute drive between towns. But as of January 1, 2021, Tuolumne County Animal Control is still not open to walk-in visits due to Covid-19 prevention policies.

Here's how you can contact them:

Address10040 Victoria Way

Jamestown, CA 95327

Office Telephone:209-694-2730
Phone HoursMonday to Friday9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Animal Control ManagerMichael Mazouch
Mailing Address2 S. Green St.Monday to Friday

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sonora, CA 95370

Office Fax Number209-984-1339
WebsiteTuolumne County California Animal Control
Walk-in Hours

(Currently Suspended)

Monday to Friday9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday

(for adoptions, impounds, and owner reclaims only)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you need to visit Tuolumne Animal Control in person for any reason, you might go ahead and call ahead to see if their Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Notable Tuolumne County Animal Control Laws

  • A dog's owner is responsible for their pet's activities and behavior at all times.
  • All dogs older than four years residing within Tuolumne County are required to be licensed by the county. Guide and service dogs are exempted.
  • In order to be issued a license for their dog(s), the owner must present proof of current rabies vaccination.
  • If an animal that can transmit rabies bites someone, they must be quarantined for at least 14 days.
  • Tuolumne County requires that dogs, when off their owner's contained property, be on a leash held by someone who is physically capable of controlling the animal. Exceptions include:
  1. Dogs engaged in legal hunting activities
  2. On-duty police K-9 officers
  3. Livestock guardian and herding dogs, whether on private or public land
  4. Dogs participating in field trials and other competitions
  • Tuolumne County Animal Control may require that dogs deemed "vicious" be put down for the protection of the community and other animals.

Can You Sue Someone for Dog Bites

You can sue the owner of a dog if it bites you or damages your property. Given that animals are considered property, you can sue if a dog harms or kills your dog, cat, or other companion or livestock animal. Most dog bite lawsuits are pursued in small claims court, with or without the assistance of a dog bite lawyer

If you need help filing a small claim lawsuit for a dog bite, you might be interested in DoNotPay's Sue Now service.

How to Report a Dog Bite On Your Own

If you're going to file a dog bite complaint on your own, be diligent with your actions and record-keeping from the moment the attack occurred until you follow up after you've submitted your report.

  1. Immediately Alert the Authorities

If someone or a pet has been injured, the priority is getting medical or veterinary attention. Once that's been handled, it's a good idea to call Tuolumne County Animal Control while all parties are still at the scene. That way, an animal control officer, police officer, or sheriff's deputy can take down everyone's information and file your report on the spot. Still, you'll want to take your own notes, as you'll see in the next section.

  1. Gather Evidence of the Attack

If you're going to go through the process of filing a dog bite report, you might as well lay the groundwork for filing a dog bite lawsuit as well. For both situations, you'll want to have a detailed account of the attack, including the following information:

  1. The time and date of the attack
  2. The name and contact information of the dog's handler and/or owner.
  3. The name and badge number of any responding law enforcement. (including animal control officers)
  4. The names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Any witness statements you can obtain
  1. A description of the dog(s) that attacked you.
  2. A detailed account of how the incident unfolded.
  • Was the offending dog leashed?
  • How did the owner act to regain control of the animal?
  1. The nature of the injuries.
  • Be specific
  • Include damages to personal property, including your pet(s)
  • Include photographs
  1. What you were doing immediately before the attack occurred.
  2. Receipts for veterinary, first aid, medical, and mental health treatment resulting from the attack.
  1. Send In Your Report

Write a brief, one-page cover letter explaining that you are filing a dog bite report, and briefly summarize the above information. Sign and date the letter and attach photocopies of your evidence, and send them to Tuolumne County Animal Control via USPS mail. We recommend purchasing delivery confirmation for your records.

  1. Follow Up 

You should expect to hear back from an animal control officer within a week of them having received your report. If not, call to find out if they need more information, and whether they're pursuing your report.

This is a good time to request an official copy of the report for your records, in case you have to file an insurance claim or sue the owner for dog bite damages in small claims or civil court.

How to Report a Dog Attack to Tuolumne County Animal Control With DoNotPay

If you want to report an animal-related injury, but you'd like the assistance of a "virtual lawyer",  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.

     

  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).

     

And that's it! DoNotPay will file the dog bite report on your behalf with your incident details. You should hear back from Tuolumne County Animal Control soon.

Does DoNotPay Handle Animal Control Issues in Other Areas? 

Yes. We'll file dog attack reports on your behalf, no matter which U.S. city or county was the setting for the event. Here's more helpful information for you:

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Handling animal incidents is just one of the many valuable services that DoNotPay provides. We can also help you with a variety of other issues, including:

Why Not Get Started With DoNotPay Today? 

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