How to Report a Dog Attack to Yavapai County Animal Control
If a dog attacked you or a loved one and a officer could not attend the scene, it's not too late to file a report. That is after you've sought medical attention. Dog bites can be extremely dangerous, and bites from unknown dogs or dogs without updated rabies vaccinations can require painful antiviral injections on top of standard emergency treatment.
Read on to learn how to file an aggressive dog report with Yavapai County Animal Control, with tips for laying the groundwork for a dog bite lawsuit should you require compensation for your costs. Believe it or not, you won’t necessarily need a lawyer specializing in dog attacks, either. DoNotPay's advocacy products can help streamline the process.
About Yavapai County Animal Control
The Yavapai Sheriff's Office operates a unit of seven officers and an dedicated to enforcing animal-related ordinances. They also look out for the interests of pets and strays, investigating cruelty and neglect cases.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Animal Control
|Address||YCSO, Attn: Animal Control, 255 E Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ, 86301|
|Office Phone Numbers||928-771-3282 928-771-3260 927-777-3595|
Notable Yavapai County and State of Arizona Dog Ordinances
Yavapai County Animal Control only has jurisdiction outside incorporated towns and cities within the county, and each town or city will have its dog ordinances. For example, if you live in Prescott, you follow Prescott Animal Control ordinances.
Yavapai County Leash Laws
While Yavapai County requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than six feet anytime they are off their owners' premises or outside a vehicle. Exceptions include:
- Off-leash areas
- Livestock working dogs
- Dog shows, races, or obedience and agility competitions
- Dogs in training for or in the act of hunting
In all of the above cases, and any time a dog older than four is in public, it is required to wear a license and rabies tag. Click to read more about Yavapai County animal laws.
Arizona Dog Bite and Vicious Dog Laws
Yavapai County defers to Arizona state laws as they apply to vicious dogs. If a dog bites someone, anyone who knows about the incident shall report it to Yavapai County Animal Control as soon as possible. The owner or handler of the dog is liable for any attacks.
Can You Sue Someone for Dog Bites?
Anyone who has been bitten or otherwise harmed by a vicious animal in Yavapai County or its incorporated areas can file a dog bite lawsuit in small claims court. The first step in filing a dog bite lawsuit is filing a dog bite report with Yavapai County Animal Control. The second step? Use DoNotPay's Sue Now product to file.
How to File a Vicious Dog Report With Yavapai County Animal Control
Before you file a vicious dog report with Yavapai County, you'll want to start gathering evidence related to the attack. Here's what we suggest you have on hand if you are planning to file a report on your own, especially if you think you may eventually sue the dog owner or handler:
Dog Attack Incident Documentation
- Time and date of the event
- Name and contact information for the owner
- Name and contact details of the victim(s)
- If your pet was injured in the incident:
- Breed and description of your dog
- Description of your dog's injuries
- Whether your dog was on-leash or on your property at the time of the attack
- Description of the vicious dog
- Names and contact information for witnesses
- A detailed description of the event
- Copies of medical and/or veterinary bills resulting from the dog attack
- Photographs of the injuries as soon as possible after they occurred
Submit Your Report
If you could not get a Yavapai County animal control officer to respond to the scene immediately after the incident, go to the Yavapai Sheriff's Animal Control Unit in Prescott to file your report in person. You may be required to fill out an official form but insist on attaching a summary of the documents listed above to support your report.
How to Report an Animal-Related Incident With DoNotPay
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- 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/confirmation regarding your demands.
DoNotPay Also Handles Dog-Related Issues in These Areas:
- Los Angeles animal control issues
- Atlanta animal control issues
- Miami animal control issues
- Pennsylvania dog bite laws
- California dog bite laws
- Texas animal dog bite laws
- Ohio dog bite laws
Here's What Else DoNotPay Can Do:
- Access crime victim compensation
- Contact your government representatives
- File neighbor complaints
- File a small claims suit
Why Use DoNotPay to Help With Your Dog Bite Case?
Because we're faster and easier than filing a dog bite report in person at the Yavapai County Animal Control office in Prescott, and we'll get it right. Not only that, we'll get the ball rolling should you decide to file a small claims suit for damages.
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