Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat do I do if a dog or cat bites or scratches me?
All bites or scratches where the skin is punctured and bleeding are a possible rabies exposure. The first concern is your injury. If the injury is severe, call 911 immediately for medical attention. The 911 operator will dispatch and Animal Control officer to your location. If the injury is not severe, wash the area with soap and water for ten minutes. Contact you doctor for any further advice on treatment. Your doctor may recommend a Tetanus shot and you may need antibiotics to control a risk of infection.
To report an animal bite, call Animal Control at 770-499-4136.
What happens after I file a bite report?
An Animal Control Officer will contact the owner of the animal and inform them of the incident. The owner will be advised of the quarantine requirement for a vicious animal. The owner can choose to quarantine their animal at Cobb County’s Animal Control kennel for the 10 day quarantine period or at a veterinarian’s office. The owner must comply with the quarantine. If the animal is quarantined at a vet clinic, Animal Control must be notified of the vet clinic’s location and Animal Control will contact them to insure the 10-day quarantine is followed.
If the owner requests their animal be housed at Cobb County Animal Control’s kennel, it will be placed in the shelter in the isolation area for the 10-day quarantine period. During that time employees of Animal Control will care for the animal. The owner can visit their animal, but must contact the Animal Control office to arrange a date and time. The owner can also request that the animal be euthanized. If the animal is euthanized, its remains will be sent to State Lab for rabies testing. After the confinement period is over or Animal Control has been notified of the rabies test results, the victim and the owner will be notified of the lab results. If the animal can not be immediately located, humane Havahart traps will be place in the area of the incident.
If an animal attack occurs, however there is no related injury, a citation will be issued to the animal’s owner. The 10-day quarantine will not be required.
What animals carry rabies?
Carnivores such as fox, skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, and wolf could have the rabies virus without showing any signs. These carnivores should not be handled even if injured. Any exposure to these animals should be reported to Animal Control so that a report can be made and the animal should be tested.
Livestock such as cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, goats, swine, and sheep are not likely to have rabies. However, exposure to saliva from livestock infected with rabies is a concern. If at the time of the exposure the animal is clinically ill with signs suggestive of rabies then treatment and testing must be weighted against the circumstances of exposure. Involve your doctor and the Georgia Poison Control Center in the decision of treatment and testing. Reports of livestock bites are not normally filed with Animal Control.
Bats that bite or scratch a person or domestic animal carry a high risk of rabies exposure. If you or your pets have been bitten or scratched by a bat, contact the Animal Control Unit immediately. If you locate a bat inside your home and are not sure if a bite or scratch has occurred contact Animal Control for guidance before disposing of the bat.
Dogs, cats and ferrets should always be vaccinated against rabies. Although these animals are not born with rabies they can be exposed and cause a risk to humans. Larger animals such as dogs, cats and ferrets can survive an attack of a rabid animal and contract rabies. The state requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets that bite or scratch an open wound be confined for a ten (10) day quarantine period. The ten day period is necessary to observe the animal for any signs of rabies.
Small animals and rodents such as squirrels, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rats, mice gophers, moles rabbits and hares seldom survive an attack from a rabid animal and do not normally carry rabies. Any bite or scratch from these animals should be treated, but Animal Control does not take reports or confine these animals for rabies testing.
If you need additional information about a particular incident contact Animal Control at 770-499-4136
What do I do if my dog or cat bites or scratches someone?
First, determine if there is an injury that has broken the skin. If so, you will be required to make a decision about the future of your pet. Confinement is a must under the Cobb County Animal Control Ordinance. This quarantine/confinement is necessary for 10 days. You can choose to quarantine the animal at your vet or the Cobb County Animal Control Shelter. If you do not choose to keep the animal because of the bite, you can request that the animal be put to sleep and tested for rabies. Neither of these options are pleasant, but because of the potential for a rabies exposure and/or liability on your part you must make the decision that is best for your situation. Animal Control does not normally adopt out animals that have bitten or scratched, but every situation is considered individually.
If the bite or scratch location did not bleed we consider it an attack that may result in a citation but the 10-day quarantine is not required.
How do I file a complaint about loose animals?
You can call 770-499-4136 and request an Animal Control Officer be dispatched to handle the complaint regarding a stray or loose animal. You can also use our complaint form to email Animal Control regarding this complaint.https://www.cobbcountyegov.org/secure/animalcontrol/complaints.htm
How do I file a complaint about barking dogs?
To file a complaint about a barking dog or a nuisance animal, call 770-499-4136 during the hours of 8am to 8pm and request that an Animal Control Officer be dispatched to handle the complaint. During the hours of 8pm to 8am contact the Cobb County Police non-emergency number 770-499-3900 and the local law enforcement agency will assist with the complaint. You can also use the online complaint form to report a nuisance animal. Please include the date and time of the barking or disturbance.
What do I do if my animal is missing?
The best way to locate your missing animal is to come to the animal shelter during business hours to look for your pet. The shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, excluding major holidays for your convenience. You can also use the online for to report a lost animal.
When you come to the shelter bring any pictures of the pet and any vet records. This will help Animal Control employees in the identification of your pet if found in the shelter. If the pet is not found it the shelter the employees will assist you in filling out a lost animal report.
The best way to ensure the safe return of your lost pet is for the pet to be wearing a collar with an I. D. Tag and/or Rabies tag or to be Micro Chipped. If the animal can be identified in the field by the Animal Control Officer it is likely that the pet will be returned to the owner and not taken to the Animal Control shelter. When the animal is turned in to the Animal Control shelter, the Animal Control personnel will attempt to contact the owner with the information provided on the tag or chip as soon as possible.
Please remember animals will sometimes lose their tags or have them removed by someone. Even if your animal leaves home wearing a collar and tags, there is always a chance the collar may not be on the animal when it is picked up.
What do I have to do to reclaim my animal from Animal Control?
The owner must go to the Animal Control Shelter during normal hours to reclaim the pet. You must bring an I.D. (Drivers License or Georgia I. D.) and proof of ownership such as Vet Records.
Are animals licensed in Cobb County?
Cobb County Animal Control does not license pets, but requires all animals to wear a current rabies tag.
What do I need to do to adopt a pet from Cobb County Animal Control?
You must have an I.D. (Drivers License or Georgia I. D.) and have the proper fees for the adoption.
You must sign a contract to have the animal spayed or neutered prior to the adoption. This contract is a legal document and the failure to comply will result in court action.
What are my liabilities concerning property damage or personal injury regarding my pet?
Any pet you have that damages property or injures another animal or a human could result in criminal and/or civil action against the owner. If a citation is issued regarding a county ordinance or state law violation, restitution can be demanded in addition to the court fine at the time of your hearing. In addition the citizen who is injured or have property damage can seek civil litigation.
What constitutes a “barking dog”?
The Cobb County Ordinance addressing barking dogs is in the Nuisance section of Cobb County Ordinance Section 10-9: “… animal which habitually barks, whines, howls or cause objectionable noise:…”
What constitutes “cruelty to animal”?
Pet owners must provide proper food, water and shelter for their animals at all times. Violence directed toward an animal violates county ordinance and state law. Cobb County Animal Control Ordinance 10-121 addresses Cruelties and the details.
My pet has died, how do I dispose of the body?
Cobb County Animal Control Ordinance Section 10-7 requires that you dispose of the animal body on your own property within 12 hours of death. It should be buried at least three feet below ground level. Details are listed in this ordinance section. You may also bring the animal’s body to the Cobb County Animal Control Shelter for disposal.
Where do go to pay a fine for an animal violation?
Contact the Cobb County Magistrate office for payment requirements regarding citations issued by the Animal Control Unit.
How long do you hold animals?
Strays are held five (5) working days (Animal Control working days) prior to the animal being deemed property of Cobb County, in accordance to Cobb County Ordinance Section 10-67. After that time, animals are held for an indefinite period of time. If space is available and the animal is healthy and not aggressive the animal will be held until adoption or until its status changes.
Animals turned into the shelter by their owner and that meet the requirements for adoption will remain adoptable as long as space is available and the animal remains healthy and non-aggressive.
Can I bring my animal to Cobb County Animal Control for adoption?
Yes, but we would love to provide you with other options before you resort to bringing your animal to us. We have employees and volunteers that would love to try to help you keep your animal or help you place the animal in a new home yourself. Sometimes the issue that is causing you to contemplate getting rid of your pet can be resolved with additional information about your particular animal or assistance from a rescue group.
How old do I have to be to adopt an animal?
You must be eighteen (18) years of age to adopt an animal from our shelter, because the adoption agreement is a legal binding agreement.
What identification do I need to adopt an animal or reclaim my animal?
To reclaim or adopt an animal a Driver’s License or Georgia I. D. Card is required.
Do you accept checks, debit cards, or credit cards?
We accept personal checks drawn on local banks, credit cards, and debit cards. Cash is also accepted.
What do I do if I am looking for a specific type animal to adopt?
If you are looking for a specific breed of animal, the Animal Control office will help you identify pure-bred animals in the shelter. If we do not have what you are looking for, animal control personnel can put you in contact with specific rescue group.
Do you adopt any other type animal besides cats and dogs?
No, animals such as fish, birds, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and reptiles are rarely turned into the shelter. When we do get these animals, we have rescue groups that take possession of them. These groups are very knowledgeable of the specific needs of these animals and they adopt them out from their rescue group.
Why is Cobb County Animal Control asking me about nuisance animals in my neighborhood?
Animal Control officers conduct investigations into nuisance animals. As a part of their investigation, they may look for witnesses to ensure proper law enforcement action is taken to bring peace and order to a neighborhood.
I found a card or form at my residence from Animal Control. What does this mean?
The form or card is to let you know that we either received a complaint of a possible violation of the Cobb County Animal Control Ordinance at your address; to give you information on a complaint you made; or to give you information on an animal related problem in your area. If you have any questions, please contact the Animal Control office at 770-499-4136.