A bite is anytime the skin is broken. An animal bite from a cat or dog must be reported to your local Animal Control agency.
If you receive medical attention from a doctorís office they are required by law to report the incident to Animal Control for rabies observation.
Animal Control can be contacted at
(209) 656-3140, Monday - Saturday 10AM - 2PM (Closed Sundays and Holidays).
Quarantining an Animal
The animal that bites you must be quarantined for a minimum of ten days. If your pet is currently vaccinated for the rabies virus and you can prove that your pet can be maintained on itís property and away from any other pets or persons, you may be allowed to keep your pet at home. Home quarantine procedures are at the Officers discretion and are determined by many factors. Regardless of vaccination, if the Officer feels that the animal is a public safety risk it must be quarantined at the shelter.
Fees for Quarantining
The fee to quarantine a pet at home in the City of Turlock, is $25.00 and $ 15.00 for a microchip
. (Mandatory per TMC code 6-1-312
Shelter Quarantine is required for all face bites, and any animal that does not have a current rabies vaccination. The fee to quarantine a pet at the shelter is $30.00 and $6.00 per day for feed and care.
If the dog is not licensed in the City of Turlock, you will have to purchase a license, prior to release. The fee to license your pet is $35.00 if not spayed or neutered, or $7.00 if spayed or neutered. You will be required to pay a $18.00 deposit for rabies vaccination. If your pet was off property and impounded you may be charged additional impound fees and state fines.
Bites from insects, birds or cold-blooded pets do not need reporting. However it is suggested that if any bite occurs to check with your family doctor, for treatment.