As a law abiding pet owner, a host of responsibilities come to rest on your shoulders. Are you prepared? How many pets are you allowed? How often must you vaccinate against rabies?
Our officers number 1 priority is public safety, because of this, reports of dangerous animals, dog bites, or animals in immediate distress take precedence over barking dogs and nuisance wildlife. Still, every call is important. We rely on community members to alert us when they see stray, mistreated, or unhealthy animals.
Stray dogs and cats are illegal on Standing Rock. Wandering dogs often end up hit by cars, tormented by non-animal lovers, and, if frightened, can bite strangers out of fear and pain. Reporting stray animals is a true service both for the public’s and the animals safety. Call 701-854-7236.
- Animals picked up on Standing Rock without tags or a microchip are held for three days (per ordinance) at Standing Rock Game, Fish & Wildlife/Animal Control Impound.
- Animals not claimed in the allotted time period become property of the Standing Rock and are evaluated for the adoption program.
Dog bites, cat bites, or any incidents involving a warm-blooded mammal, either domesticated or wild, breaking the skin of a person need to be reported to Animal Control immediately. While rabies transmission is rare among domesticated animals, it is still found today and it is fatal to humans. Steps to take if bitten:
- Identify the animal if possible. This is vital. If the animal is a pet, a quick check with the owner and veterinarian will indicate whether or not it has been vaccinated.
If no animal can be located, the victim will usually be encouraged to undergo preemptive rabies shots. Although not as painful as they were in the past, rabies shots are expensive, unpleasant, and best avoided if possible.
- Seek necessary medical treatment for the victim.
- Contact Animal Control at 701-854-7236. Officers will explain the procedures and issue any necessary citations.
- Animal Control quarantines the biter. All pet animals identified as having bitten are to be quarantined for a period of ten days for observation. If the animal has a current rabies vaccination, the animal was on its own property, and has not been designated “dangerous,” it can be quarantined at the owner’s home. If the animal has no rabies vaccination, it happened off property, animal is "dangerous", or no owner can be located, the animal is sent for immediate rabies testing.