Solano County Animal Services
If you have a dog or cat problem, call: 707 565-7100
If you have a wild animal problem, call: 707-723-4251
Solano County Animal Control Services handles cases involving domestic animal problems, such as stray dogs, stray cats, missing pets, adoptions, vaccinations, etc. Solano County is not the same as the Napa SPCA, but both deal with dog and cat issues. Call us regarding pet licensing and animal laws and ordinances.
Solano County Animal Advice:
Course of action to take if you have been bitten by a dog
In most cases, people do not understand dog language and are, therefore, susceptible to dog bites. It has been established that about 2% of the world’s population is bitten by dogs annually. It is, therefore, vital that you understand what you are supposed to do when you are bitten by a dog. According to experts, what you do during the first minutes of a dog bite will decide what will eventually happen to you. It is, therefore, crucial that you try to do everything right.
The first thing that you should do is take a mental picture of the dog, despite the fact that you might be in shock at the moment. This is especially important is the dog that bit you was a stray, since you will be required to give a comprehensive depiction of it to the doctor. You will need to describe things like breed, color and size. This description will help animal services capture the dog and stop it from biting other people in the neighborhood.
Even if the bite seems minor, it is often advisable to seek medical help immediately. If the dog broke the skin, the area could get infected if not attended to. As you wait for the doctor, you should wash the wound with soap and water. You should also try to control the bleeding.
You should report the incident to your local health department, since they are the ones that usually have records of dog’s vaccinations against diseases like rabies. Even if the owner of the dog tells you that its vaccinations are up to date, you should not take his word, but should get this information from the right authority. In case the whereabouts of the dog are not known, you will be required to undergo extensive treatment for rabies, which is extremely painful for most people.
You should report the incident not only to the local animal control services, but should also report it to the police. This is because; in case the owner is identified, you will be entitled to some compensation, by virtue of the dog bite law, which makes dogs the responsibility of their owners. Compensation will have to cover all your medical bills, suffering, pain and loss of work among others. It is, therefore, extremely essential that you try to get the information of the owner of the dog, including address, contact and name among others.
Equally vital is that you take pictures of the dog bite wound. This is because; the pictures will act as proof in a court of law, yet the procedure might not start until the wound has healed. Pictures are, therefore, the only assured way of documenting the wound.
Given the fact that you might be required to go to court, it is recommended that you get in touch with an attorney. Your attorney will help you to start the legal process early, so that you are not caught up by legal limitations. It is better for you to become in touch with a lawyer that majors in dog bite law.