In the event of an animal bite, the Department of Health and Environmental Control will be notified immediately. The victim should receive immediate medical attention to determine the severity of the bite. The animal will be placed into a quarantine hold, whether current on Rabies inoculation or not, for a period of not less than 10 days, depending on vaccine history, for observation. DHEC and Newberry County Animal Care and Control will determine the location of the quarantine, whether on the premises of the owner, at a veterinarian's office, or at the animal shelter. The owner of the animal will pay a boarding fee of $50 for the first 10 days and $5 for each additional day if the animal is housed at the animal shelter. If the animal is suspected of possibly being rabid, it may be euthanized immediately so that it can be tested for rabies, per DHEC.
(Ord. 10-32-05, passed 10-5-2005)