Dogs, Cats and Ferrets
Regardless of vaccination status, the biting animal must be quarantined for ten (10) days or humanely destroyed. A pet that has current rabies vaccination may be quarantined at home if approved by a Supervisor at Animal Care Services or at a Vet Clinic who has been approved by the State as a quarantine facility. If humanely destroyed, the Animal Care Officer will be required to submit the brain to the State Laboratory for testing. If the animal is to be quarantined, the observation period will be ten (10) twenty-four hour periods or 240 hours from the time of the bite (VTCA-Sec. 826.042, TAC-169.22(19), TAC-169.25(b), TAC-169.27(a), CD6-Sec. 6-240).
If the biting animal is a known carrier of rabies, such as skunks, bats, foxes, coyotes or raccoons, they shall be humanely destroyed and submitted for rabies testing (TAC-169.22 (11), TAC-169.27(c), CD6-Sec. 6-240 (e)).
Opossums, shrews, moles, squirrels, gophers, mice, rabbits, rats, and armadillos do not need to be quarantined or tested, unless the Animal Control Officer has reason to believe that the biting animals has rabies (TAC-169.22(18), TAC-169.27(d), CD6-Sec. 6-239(c )).