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Steps to take following Rhode Island animal bites

Animal bites are serious and should not be taken lightly. They need to be reported immediately and documented for future reference. Rhode Island animal bites need to be treated by medical professionals as quickly as possible. Never shrug off a bite, even if it is minor. Take the following steps after an animal bite to ensure your health and safety.

The minute the bite occurs, try to secure the animal in a crate or cage. If you cannot catch the animal, specifically if it is not a pet, do not chase it. If the animal has been contained, label the cage with a tag that lets others know the animal has bitten someone. From this point on, the animal should not be handled by anyone other than an animal control professional.

In almost congruent time, get the person who was bit medical attention, even if the bite is minor. Never leave an animal bite unattended. It could be worse than it appears. Apply pressure if there is blood and wash the wound with soap and warm water. Then run water over the open wound to clean it out of dirt and the soap. Apply an antiseptic to the wound and get the victim to a doctor as soon as possible.

After the animal has been contained and the victim has been treated, document the incident as thoroughly as possible. This includes the date and time of the bite, the victim's identity, the rabies vaccination info of the victim and the animal, identify witnesses, special circumstances surrounding the bite, identify the owner of the animal and the date and time the owner was notified.

Once documentation is complete, notify the Rhode Island Department of Health and the animal control officer of the town where the bite occurred. Most animal control officers are members of local police departments.

Animal bites are scary and the aftermath can be complicated for all those involved. Visit our page today to learn more about your rights following an animal bite.

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