Animal Bite Exposure and the Law

Ohio Law (OAC 3701-3-28) requires all dog, cat, or mammal bites be reported to the health district in which the bite occurred. The report shall be made by the person bitten, a health care provider, or a veterinarian with knowledge of the bite. To see rabies-specific laws and rules, visit Ohio Department of Health – Laws & Rules, Zoonotic Disease Program.

Actions of the Health District

East Liverpool City Health District is required to quarantine all dogs, cats, or mammals that bite people. The quarantine is for 10 days and is typically done at the animal owner’s home. The purpose of the quarantine is to ensure that the biting animal does not have rabies. If the biting animal has rabies, the symptoms of rabies will be seen within 10 days following the bite.