Veterinarians: To report an
animal that you suspect to be rabid, click
bites to report? All animal bites to people are
legally reportable in Los Angeles County except for
rodent and rabbit bites. Wild mammal (excluding
rodent and rabbit) bites to domestic animals are also
reportable. Note that bat bites can be too small
to detect. All bat-human or bat-domestic
animal interactions should be reported.
How Do I Report Bites? To report
bites in any part of Los Angeles County other than in
the cities of Long Beach, Pasadena, or Vernon, contact
Los Angeles County Veterinary Public Health and Rabies
Scroll further down to read more about bite
- Report by phone:
(213) 989-7060 or
(877) 747-2243 (in LA County)
- Report by fax. For Animal Control
Agencies, Physicians, and Veterinarians.
Download the appropriate form and fax in
to the number on the form.
Click here for
- Online Reporting. This is a secure website. You will be prompted by your computer to accept a security alert.
Click Yes to proceed. This process may take several minutes.
Animal Bite Reporting Portal (public/medical submission)
Animal Bite Reporting Portal (animal control agency submission
- To report bites in Pasadena,
call the Pasadena Humane Society at:
To report bites in Long Beach,
call Long Beach Animal Control at:
To report bites in Vernon, call
the city Vernon and ask to speak to the
Health Department: 323-583-8811
Who has to report? All people with knowledge
of the bite. Locally most reports come from animal
control agencies, physicians, and veterinarians, but
anyone may report a bite.
Other than it being legally required, why report?
The two primary reasons for reporting animal
- Rabies Control. Reporting allows the
local public health authority to investigate whether
the biting animal may have transmitted rabies to the
bite victim. Although rabies is currently not
very common in Los Angeles County, rabies is endemic
in our local bats and can be transmitted to other
mammals and to people. Animals are constantly
being brought into Los Angeles County from other
counties, states and countries where the risk of
rabies is higher than it is here. The risk of
rabies in local animals can increase or decrease
- Animal Bite Data. Reporting allows local
public health authority to track data and trends in
animal bites to people within the local community.
What Happens When I Report A Bite? When
reporting a bite, be prepared to give details about the
date of the bite, the victim, and on the biting animal (such as location, species, breed, and circumstance of bite).
These details are very important in investigating risk of rabies transmission.
If the animal is located, it is evaluated for rabies
either by a quarantine and observation period, or by
testing its body after death. Most reported
bites are inflicted by dogs and cats. Quarantine
periods for dogs and cats are a minimum of 10 days.
Biting livestock are quarantined for 30 days.
Biting wild animals of high-rabies-risk species (bat,
skunk, fox, raccoon, coyote) are only tested, not
quarantined. Wildlife of low risk for rabies are
evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Animals that have been impounded by an animal control
agency must complete their quarantine period in a
shelter. Many owned biting animals complete their
quarantine in their own home, if they can be kept
securely on site. Veterinary Public Health and
Rabies Control is not an animal control agency and does
not impound animals. However, this program may
work in conjunction with animal control agencies when
A report of a bite from an animal does not mean that
the animal is deemed dangerous. Animals may bite
while playful, or the bite may be entirely provoked.
Residents that believe an animal to be dangerous need to
file a separate report with their local
animal control agency.