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If a dog bites (breaks skin), the hospital reports it to the healthdepartment.[/nq]Janet, do you know if that also applies to Baltimore County? I'm curious, because I'm fairly sure that when I went to the emergency room with a bitten hand, it wasn't reported. Of course, that may have been because I lied and said I didn't know which dog had bitten me. (I wasn't about to let the dog in question get a report against him for accidentally biting me while I was breaking up a fight he didn't start.) To be honest, I wouldn't have gone to the hospital at all if the friends who were with me hadn't insisted- it was a deep puncture (went almost all the way through, between the second and third knuckle), but I already knew that A.

it had missed all the bones & tendons and B. that they weren't going to be able to do anything but tell me to keep it clean & let it heal.
Where does it get reported?

Public complaints and ACO incident reports go directly to Animal Services. Dr reports of medical treatment given go to county health dept.,then Animal Services.
Who comes out?

ACO
What do they want to know?

They file an incident report like any other law enforcement incident report.
Do they quarantine the dog?

Only if rabies exposure is a concern.
Do they take the dog or can you have the quarantine at home?

ACO discretion, depending on the degree of confidence the ACO has that the owner can and will abide by the physical confinement terms of the quarantine requirements.
Lynn K.
If a dog bites (breaks skin), the hospital reports it to the health

department. Janet, do you know if that also applies to Baltimore County? I'm curious, because I'm fairly sure that when ... question get a report against him for accidentally biting me while I was breaking up a fight he didn't start.)

HOORAY!!!
I like to hear this!!
To be honest, I wouldn't have gone to the hospital at all if the friends who were with me hadn't ... they weren't going to be able to do anything but tell me to keep it clean & let it heal.

And I am sure it hurt like heck the day after!
And I am also sure you had your feelings hurt that a dog bit you. : (

Paulette~
who said anything about lawsuits? i interpreted your post to ... shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette

Easy, you move far far away. Period. You take the first highway out. Gwen

IF after getting a lawyer and lawsuit going still means they want your dog.

Paulette!
I have found that most bite reports are not bites. They are either a torn clothing,or a tooth dragged

It doesn't matter when the ordinances cover all aggressive acts. "Bite report" is just a convenient, common usage label that should not be taken literally.

Unfortunately ,most times it is.
It a dog jumps up and scratches, or gets out and gets the neighbor's cat, it is still a "bite report" in AC parlance.

Yes,same here.

Or even a scratch.
It's a public health concern over potential rabies exposure, not an aggression issue.

EXACTLY
Lynn K.

Paulette~
Where does it get reported?

Public complaints and ACO incident reports go directly to Animal Services.

Here it goes to police then ACO. We do not have Animal Services.
Dr reports of medical treatment given go to county >health dept.,

Yes
Then of course insurance companies get hold of it.
then Animal Services.

Here there has been no incidents of rabies, however we still have to do the three year vaccination.
Even if a dog has had that done, supposedly the dog still has to be quarantined. for ten days, just as if there as no recorder rabies record on the dog.
Do they take the dog or can you have the quarantine at home?

ACO discretion, depending on the degree of confidence the ACO has that the owner can and will abide by the physical confinement terms of the quarantine requirements.

A good ACO.
Then , here the dog is checked out after the 10 day quarantine to see if all is well with the dog.
Lynn K.

Paulette~
YOur parents breed of dog? Considered aggressive?

Not relevant, under the law or in practice. Most places (including yours) have similar ordinances to those Diane cited, with appeal hearing processes. An individual ACO might make a decision on the ability to do a home quarantine on the size/determination of the dog to escape, but the definition of aggression itself is related to the dog's behavior. We currently have 14 dogs in quarantine in my county, as of this morning. Included are a cocker, a basset hound, and several small mutts.
Lynn K.
Sarah asks:
Janet, do you know if that also applies to Baltimore County?

Pretty sure it does.
I'm curious, because I'm fairly sure that when I went to the emergency room with a bitten hand, it wasn't ... question get a report against him for accidentally biting me while I was breaking up a fight he didn't start.)

Yup - under those circumstances they can't do much. I have a city-dwelling friend who's dog bit a county kid. The kid jumped down from some bleachers and landed right in front of the dog's face. Not excusing the dog, but the mother felt her kid was at fault, so at the ER, she said they had no information about said dog.
To be honest, I wouldn't have gone to the hospital at all if the friends who were with me hadn't ... they weren't going to be able to do anything but tell me to keep it clean & let it heal.

Yeah, but a good cleaning and some anti-biotics doesn't hurt!
Janet Boss
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YOur parents breed of dog? Considered aggressive?

Not relevant, under the law or in practice.

I knew that..Just wanted to know if this was the case.

Paulette~
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