Per the Virginia Department of Health, any bite or scratch from an animal that breaks a person’s skin requires a rabies exposure report. If the injury was caused by a wild animal, Animal Wardens will attempt to locate the animal and send it to VDH for testing. If the injury was caused by a dog or cat, Animal Wardens will attempt to locate the animal and place it on a 10 day quarantine period to observe for signs of illness. VDH’s Environmental Health Department handles these incidents.
If the bite was from a dog, Animal Wardens will investigate the incident to determine if any charges need to be filed.
If your pet was injured by a dog, contact Animal Wardens at 853-2411 or 911.