Animal Bite Information

A Person Was Bit By an Animal


When notified of the bite, animal control will contact the person bitten to investigate the circumstances of the bite.

According to local ordinance, the health department is required to ensure that a proper quarantine of an animal that bites someone is conducted. This is to ensure that rabies is not present in the animal. The quarantine period is for 10 days from the date of the bite and, depending on the circumstances of the bite, may generally occur at the Joplin Humane Society, a veterinarian’s office, or at the home of the animal owner. The cost of the impoundment will be paid by the owner of the animal.

If My Pet Bites


Notify the animal control office if your pet bites your or another person. Victims of animal bites should consult a physician.