Animal Bites

If you are bitten by a domesticated animal, West Virginia law requires that you report it to the Police Department. The report will be turned over to either of the County Health Departments which will conduct an investigation in coordination with the Animal Control Officer. The animal's owner will be required to show proof of rabies vaccination. In addition, any domesticated animal that has bitten someone is required to undergo a 10 day confinement and quarantine at the owner's home. If circumstances warrant, the animal may be quarantined at a local licensed veterinary hospital at the owner's expense.