|Bite Information (City Ordinance)
Every animal that bites a person shall report the incident to the Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare Department at 806-378-3092 or after hours, to the Police Department at 806-378-3038.
Quarantine (State Law and City Ordinance)
Amarillo Public Health Department
Almost half of all dog bites are provoked, regardless of whether the victim is a child or an adult. The mistake is made when people view provocation from a human viewpoint rather than from the animal’s perspective.
Tips for New Dog Owners:
Dogs bite almost 400,000 persons every year in Texas, and 60 percent of those victims are children. More than half of all children will be victims of a dog bite by the time they reach age 12. One-quarter of all persons bitten require medical care, and dogs whose owners thought their dogs would never bite inflict the most injures. Studies show that most victims of fatal dog bites are the very young and the very old.
Parents with New Babies:
Lavish extra attention on the dog when a new baby is brought home. All too often the family housedog is relegated to the backyard when the new baby arrives. Encourage the dog to view the baby as a “good thing” by petting and talking to the dog while holding the baby.”