Protect Yourself and Others: Report St. Louis County Dog Bites
If you or someone you love is bitten by a dog in St. Louis County, your first step should always be to get the necessary medical help. However, you can also help protect yourself and others in St. Louis County by reporting dog bites to the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control Services.
In St. Louis County, Animal Care and Control Services has a wide range of duties, including everything from investigating animal bites to mosquito control. All of these are aimed at protecting the health of St. Louis County, Missouri residents. When a dog bite occurs, Animal Care and Control will place the dog under observation to watch it for signs of rabies and other diseases.
Rabies is a virus that invades the brains of animals, including humans. Dogs typically show signs of rabies in one of two ways. In “violent” rabies, dogs become restless and may roam for miles, attacking and biting anything that crosses their path. In “dumb” rabies, dogs become lethargic and drool copiously as the disease paralyzes their jaws, making them unable to close their mouths.
Since rabies is usually transmitted by a bite, dogs with “violent” rabies are more likely to give rabies to another animal or human than dogs with “dumb” rabies. However, any dog with rabies is a health risk, and diseases other than rabies can be transmitted by biting.
If you’ve been injured by a biting dog, don’t hesitate to contact a St. Louis County dog bite injury lawyer at Page Law for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights. Our number is (314) 322-8515, and your information is kept confidential.