What If My Dog Bites Someone?
Find out what to do if your dog attacks or if you are attacked.
If You're Attacked, See a Doctor
All victims of animal bites should be examined right away and have the wound treated by a physician, if necessary.
Health Certificates Required
All animals involved in biting incidents must be examined by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours after the bite occurs, regardless of the vaccination status of the animal.
The veterinarian will issue a health certificate if the animal is in satisfactory health. A copy of this certificate must be submitted to the Township Health Officer and the Police Desk at the Township Building.
10 Days Confined
The animal must be confined for 10 days following the bite. It may not be outside unattended and must be leashed at all times. After the 10 days, the animal should return to the veterinarian for a second examination. A copy of the second health certificate must also be submitted to the township. Each health certificate should be submitted as soon as it is received.
Beware of Fines
Failure to comply with the above procedure, as outlined by the township, may result in the removal of your animal and fines of up to $300, plus court costs.
For more information, please contact:
Springfield Township Administration Building
50 Powell Road
Springfield, PA 19064
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