Walking along the street by a dog in Oregon is fairly common as many people have canine pets. Unfortunately, dog bites and attacks do happen resulting in injuries including the possibility of rabies. Family pets often have the rabies vaccine but not all pet owners keep their animals up-to-date on shots.

The Oregonian recently reported a dog bite case where rabies was a possibility. Animal control can take the animal if the dog breaks the skin. The official quarantines the animal “for 10 days to rule out rabies.” A dog up-to-date on their shots can sometimes stay confined at home. Healthcare officials investigate the wound while the dog stays away from people.

Animallaw.info reports that the animal may be put down at the discretion of the Oregon Health Authority if the animal has rabies and other means may not prevent further infections. Failure to comply can result in a court order for the owner to give up the animal to the authorities. While in quarantine, the animals receive the necessary care and maintenance they need. The dog owner must pay to release the animal if impounded.

In addition to rabies testing and quarantining the dog, the owner may be liable to pay fines for violating local ordinances. A dog owner who suspects the animal may have rabies should not have them around other animals or people to prevent contamination. Injuries resulting from a dog bite are bad enough without having to receive the rabies vaccination in addition to healing from other wounds.