The biting animal must be reported as soon as possible by calling 911. If the animal is running at large, it needs be captured and quarantined.
The ten-day quarantine generally takes place at the dog owner's home. Animal Control verifies rabies vaccination records with the owner. Rabies has not been a problem in this region for many years and the quarantine procedures, as required by the Health Department, are strictly precautionary. Quarantined animals must be separated from other humans and animals not normally in contact with the biting animal.
Under the Dangerous Dog Law of Washington State (enacted in 1987), a dog that bites a human or an animal, unprovoked, is considered a Potentially Dangerous Dog. A dog residing in the City of Edmonds involved in such an attack will be deemed "Potentially Dangerous". There is no appeal process for a dog owner in this case. If the same dog bites a second time, the dog will be deemed a "Dangerous Dog".
The following requirements must be met to maintain and keep each Dangerous Dog within the city limits of Edmonds: an annual $100.00 Dangerous Dog registration fee, a $250,000.00 insurance bond or liability coverage, a secure kennel meeting state law specifications, the dog must be muzzled and leashed when outside the kennel or off the owners property, and multiple signs posted on the property warning the public about the Dangerous Dog. The dog owner has the right to a civil Appeal Hearing, prior to the enactment of the Dangerous Dog requirements. All witnesses mentioned in the case will be required to appear at the hearing and give testimony.