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Animal Bites and Injuries

Delaware County Animal Control

P.O. Box 169, Darby, Pa. 19023
610-522-1113 | Fax: 610-522-1115
24-hour service – 7 days a week

If your animal bites or scratches someone, or you have been bitten or scratched by an animal, you must contact the Police or Delaware County Animal Control. You may contact our office (24 hours a day – seven days a week) with any questions or information.

If your animal bites or scratches someone:

  1. Proof of Rabies’ vaccination must be provided.
  2. Your animal must be immediately taken to a Veterinarian for an examination and a Health Certificate.
  3. The Health Certificate shall be delivered to your Borough or Township office. They will fax it to Delaware County Animal Control.
  4. Your pet will be quarantined for 10 days and may not be outside unattended. Your pet must be on a leash at all times during the quarantine period.
  5. The Animal Control Officer will determine where your animal will be quarantined based on their investigation.
  6. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the removal of your animal and/or fines up to $300 plus court costs.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or cat:

  1. Take notice of where the animal went.
  2. Seek medical attention if needed.
  3. Animal Control will contact you regarding the animal’s information.
  4. If you are not the animal’s owner, you have the right to obtain the name, address, and phone number of the animal’s owner.

General Information

  1. An animal is rarely removed from the home.
  2. An animal is rarely destroyed.
  3. Although you may believe an animal is vicious or dangerous, the court will make the final ruling.