Show Low Animal Control
City Code For Biting Animals
Sec. 6-4-1. Biting animals.
(a) Reporting: Whenever an animal bites any person, the
incident shall be reported to the animal control officer immediately by any
person having direct knowledge.
(b) Quarantine: Impoundment. Any unvaccinated dog or cat that
bites any person shall be quarantined and impounded or, at the request of
and at the expense of the owner, placed in a veterinary hospital for a
period of not less than ten (10) days. An unvaccinated dog or cat that bites
any person shall be confined and quarantined for a period of not less than
ten (10) days. Any domestic animal, other than a dog, cat, a caged or pet
rodent or rabbit, that bites any person shall be confined and quarantined
for a period of not less than fourteen (14) days. Livestock shall be
confined and quarantined for the fourteen (14) day period in a manner
regulated by the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Caged or pet rodents or
rabbits shall not be quarantined or laboratory tested.
The owner of any animal that has bitten a person may voluntarily deliver
the animal to the animal control officer at the pound; otherwise, there
shall be an assessment against the owner if the animal control officer must
pick up the animal. If the animal is impounded in the pound for observation
as a result of a bite incident, there shall be an assessment as established
by the city council. The owner shall at a minimum pay all quarantine and
(c) Diseased animals: If a dog or any other animal shows clear
clinical signs of rabies or other dangerous, contagious and infectious
disease, or if the owner consents to its destruction, it shall be the duty
of the animal control officer to destroy such animal in as humane a manner
as is reasonably possible.
If at the end of the quarantine or impoundment, the animal is free from
such diseases, the animal shall be released. If an animal held for biting a
person dies from an apparent disease during the period of quarantine or
impoundment, its head will be sent to the State Department of Health for an
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(d) Epidemic: Whenever the prevalence of hydrophobia renders such
action necessary to protect the public health and safety, the mayor may
issue a proclamation ordering every person owning or keeping a dog to
confine it securely on his premises unless it is muzzled so that it cannot
bite. No person shall violate such proclamation and any unmuzzled dog
running at large during the time fixed on the proclamation may be killed by
the animal control officer or police without notice to the owner.
(e) Liability: The owner of a dog which bites a person when the
person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place,
including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages
suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the
dog or the owner's knowledge of its viciousness.
(f) Police dog: Police dogs are exempt from this chapter and
article and the city is not liable for any damages to persons or property as
allowed by state law.
(Ord. No. 143, § 2, 6-24-81; Ord. No. 2004-20, §§ 1-2,
State law reference–Biting
animals, A.R.S. § 11-1014(A); liability, A.R.S. § 11-1025(A); police dogs, A.R.S.