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Rabies/Reporting Animal Bites

Arvada is the home of many species of wildlife (bats, skunks, raccoons, etc.) known to transmit this incurable disease to pets and people. It is required that all dogs be vaccinated after reaching 4 months of age. Keep the rabies certificate as proof of current vaccination for licensing and proof of ownership. Colorado law requires all animal bites that break the skin (with the exception of rodents) be reported to the animal control office in the jurisdiction where the bite occurred. The animal must be quarantined for a 10 day period, and an animal control officer must complete a report. In most cases, pets can be properly confined at home for the 10 day period, but if necessary will be required to be taken to a local shelter or other secure location. If your dog or cat comes in conflict with a wild animal, its important to contact the Animal Management Office to determine if the health of your pet may have been compromised. To report an animal bite, please call 720-898-6900. If you have questions regarding this information, please submit a service request.

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