By law an ACO (Animal Control Officer) must:
- quarantine the dog that has bitten or attacked someone off its owner’s property, or
- may quarantine the dog who bit someone on its owner’s property.
The dog must be quarantined for 14 days in a public pound, veterinary hospital, kennel, or other place approved by the dog commissioner. This quarantine is to help ensure the dog does not have rabies and to examine its demeanor.
Importantly, the Animal Control Officer must give the dog bite victim and the commissioner notice of the quarantine within 24 hours. Additionally, the commissioner and/or its designee must examine the dog on the 14th day of the quarantine to assess whether or not the quarantine should continue.
Finally, an ACO or Commissioner will make a final decision as to what happens to the dog next. Afterwards, notice of the order must be given to the victim within 24 hours. If a party is not happy with the order, they must request a follow up hearing within 14 days. After the hearing, the Commissioner can accept, change, or revoke the original order.