What Happens When Local Officials Think My Dog Has Rabies? Will They Take The Dog Away?

If officials think that your dog has rabies it can confine the dog in a similar fashion to the situation where a dog bites a person. If you fail to obey the order, the local board of health can apprehend and kill your dog, and make you pay for the costs associated with taking such actions.

If the local board of officials thinks that there is an epidemic on hand, then it can quarantine a certain area that is affected. If quarantine is in effect in your area, you are required to securely enclose or leash your dog until the quarantine is lifted.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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