Animal Bites

Animal & Insect Disease Prevention

Investigating animal bites for the sole purpose of ruling out rabies exposure.


Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) investigates animal bites in order to prevent the spread of rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system. Any warm-blooded mammal, including humans, can get rabies; however, bats are the only animal in Washington state known to carry rabies.

The health district does not investigate animal bites for anything other than possible rabies exposure. Animal control agencies enforce dangerous and potentially-dangerous dog laws, as well as ensure compliance for pet licensing and rabies vaccination.

Report an animal bite:

Download SRHD's Rabies Prevention and Animal Bites handout (English, Spanish, Russian) for:

  • More information about rabies prevention
  • Steps to take if an individual or pet has been involved in a bite
  • What to do if a bat is found in house or if there is contact with another wild animal

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