In the state of California, people who have been bitten by a dog often wonder how to report the bite or attack properly.

Any person who has been bitten by a dog should call 911 as soon as possible if the bite is severe. If the bite is minor, victims should call the local police department’s non-emergency phone number to report the bite as well as the animal control office. If the victim chooses to not contact authorities regarding the bite, they should at least contact the local health department.

When speaking with authorities, the victim may be asked to provide several pieces of information. The police may ask that a victim:

  • Identifies the dog. If the bite is minor, take steps to find out who owns the animal. If you are carrying a smartphone, take a picture of the dog if able to do so.
  • Identifies the owner. If able to do so, the victim of the dog bite should get the name and address of the owner. Attempt to secure the license information of the dog as well as its vaccination history.
  • Photographs their injuries. If you have chosen to forego medical care, take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible.

Any person who has been bitten by a dog should consult with an experienced attorney to determine the best course of action. Dog bites are typically compensable under California law. Victims may be awarded monies to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and more.