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Animal Bites

Animal Bites: Rabies Prevention

Animal Bite Prevention:
The health department assists law enforcement, veterinarians, and health providers in assuring that all known animal bites are followed up on and proper quarantine orders followed.

Animal Bites and Rabies:
Animal owners play a huge role in preventing animal bites. Rabies is a preventable disease often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies is considered 100% fatal if contracted by a person or animal. Rabies is often transmitted to people through wild animals, such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes, but can also be transmitted through domestic animals such as cats and dogs. It is for these reasons that all known animal bites in Shawano County are routinely followed up on to ensure the safety of the bite victim and all appropriate tests, treatments, and quarantines are completed as recommended by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Owners are responsible for covering the costs of quarantine and care for their animal. Failure to comply with quarantine orders issued by law enforcement may result in a citation.

Shawano City local ordinance on Animal Control and Rabies Prevention
State Statute on Animal Control and Rabies Prevention

To learn more about the Wisconsin rabies program, please follow the link below:

Did you know that your dog needs to be licensed?

Dog licenses can be purchased from your local municipality.

For Shawano City residents:
Call (715) 526-6138 or visit City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer Street, Shawano, WI.

For Shawano County residents:
Licenses available from your Municipal Treasurer (click here).

For Menominee Tribal residents:
Call (715) 799-5142 or visit Menominee Tribe of WI, W2908 Tribal Office Loop Road, Keshena, WI 54135
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